What it is: Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) is a common neurological disorder that involves difficulties with attention, impulsivity, and hyperactivity. Some individuals experience more difficulties with inattention (e.g., easily distracted, memory issues, problems following directions), others experience more impulsivity/hyperactivity problems (e.g., restlessness, difficulty sitting still and waiting in line, excessive talking, etc.), while some people experience both of these types of symptoms. ADHD can cause difficulties at school/work, within families and significant relationships, and day-to-day functioning such as organization and time management skills. These difficulties often begin in childhood and can persist into adulthood when individuals are not able to obtain effective coping skills.
Associated Concerns: Mood disturbance and anxiety often occur with ADHD. In addition, some individuals struggle with substance use, which is often used to self-medicate symptoms of ADHD. Adolescents with ADHD may also struggle with behavioral issues, defiance, or frequent conduct problems. Adults commonly experience work and relationship difficulties associated with their ADHD symptoms.