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Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD) Overview

While most current talk about ADD has been combined with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, it is important to remember that not all children experience the “hyperactivity” symptoms.

The signs that are typical in Attention Deficit Disorder are:

  • Makes careless mistakes and/or cannot seem to concentrate.
  • Forgets simple daily activities or chores.

  • Easily loses things like homework, books, etc.

  • Has difficulty organizing belongings and time.

  • Has difficulty staying on task to finish goals or even games.

  • Easily distracted.

  • Reluctant to take part in mental activities that require application of their attention.

  • Has difficulty following through with most tasks, even appointments or simple things.

  • Sometimes does not seem to listen when spoken to.

While the above symptoms deal mainly with a lack of attention they are distinctly different from the symptoms of hyperactivity. The following symptoms deal mainly with hyperactivity:

  • Inability to sit still for any length of time.
  • May be considered squirmy in organized settings.

  • May have a hard time playing or sitting quietly.

  • May seem physically impulsive (may jump or bounce around at inappropriate times).

  • Seems to be in constant motion.

  • Overall feeling of restlessness.

While most information in today's world puts ADD and ADHD in the same category, parents need to keep in mind that if a child has one set of symptoms and not the other, the parent needs to be clear to any therapists and doctors to make sure that the child gets the proper help. This can avoid the use of unnecessary techniques and/or medications.

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