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Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (DSM)

Section 1: List of the symptoms for this disorder:

1. Inattention:

Struggles to attend to details or makes careless errors 

Struggles with focusing attention

Sometimes does not appear to listen when talked to

Struggles with completing tasks or following instructions

Struggles to keep things organized 

Often loses or forgets things needed for an activity

Is easily distracted


2. Hyperactivity/Impulsivity:

Appears fidgety or in constant motion

Struggles to stay seated 

Often speaks excessively

Struggles to wait his/her turn

More Information-

ADHD is a chronic condition that usually begins in early childhood and lasts a lifetime.   This disorder may be diagnosised as early as age 3.  This disorder includes attention difficulty, hyperactivity, and impulsiveness.  There are more than 3 million cases reported each year in the United States.    ADHD is more common in males.  There is no cure, but treatment can help.   The treatment may include therapy and medications.  This disorder requires a medical diagnosis.    Low self esteem, difficulty in relationships/school/work may cause lifelong problems.   It may be noted that symptoms change over time.  Young kids-hyperactive and impulse.  Elementary school-inattention.  Adolescence-restlessness, inattention, impulsivity.  Adulthood-inattention, restlessness, and impulsivity.


Support groups

CBT with a trained counselor/therapist

Anger management



Family therapy

Applied behavior analysis

With these behavioral therapies, the client may learn ways to change the negative behavior and learn new skills in its place.   Face to face counseling may be better for this disorder rather than online counseling or online therapy.   This way, the professional/counselor/therapist should be able to make sure the client in paying attention enough to get some relief.   Clients should seek out a professional who has training in this area.

Author(s): Ady (@Ady23) & @windflowers & @stacy46


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