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Is It ADHD?

Is It ADHD?

By: Charles Chamblee, D.Min., L.P.C.-S., T.A.-S

Baptist Health Behavioral Clinics, Clinical Director

 

Arkansas has one of the highest rates of Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder, or ADHD, in the country, with the condition affecting nearly 15% of our population. Though ADHD can present significant hurdles for those with the condition, many of them live productive, healthy lives through a variety of treatment options.

 An individual is diagnosed with ADHD when he or she displays at least six out of the nine (five out of nine for individuals 17 and older) symptoms of either inattention type ADHD or hyperactivity-impulsivity type ADHD over a period of six months or longer within at least two settings, such as home and school/work. Read on to learn more about the symptoms of ADHD and find out if you or someone you care for may need a professional evaluation.

Signs of Inattentive Type ADHD

Has difficulty maintaining focus in tasks or play activities

Has trouble following instructions and finishing schoolwork, chores or other duties

Is unorganized in daily tasks and activities

Avoids or dislikes tasks that require sustained mental effort

Loses necessary items frequently

Doesn’t seem to listen, even when directly spoken to

Often distracted by extraneous stimuli or thoughts

Makes careless mistakes due to a lack of attention to detail

Forgetful in daily activities

Signs of Hyperactive-Impulsive Type ADHD

Interrupts or intrudes

Gets out of seat when others know the expectation is to remain seated

Runs or climbs at inappropriate times

Talks excessively

Plays or engages in leisure activities loudly

Is uncomfortable being still for an extended period

Blurts out answers before the other person is finished asking a question

Constantly fidgets, taps hands or feet or squirms

Has difficulty waiting his or her turn

If you notice you or your loved one has six or more (five out of nine for individuals 17 and older) of the symptoms listed in either category, make an appointment with your physician or a licensed mental health provider to talk about your concerns. If diagnosed with ADHD, an early diagnosis will allow your physician to create a treatment plan that can help you or your loved one live a healthy, happy life today and in the future.

If you are concerned that you or someone you care for is showing symptoms of ADHD and would like a professional evaluation, request an appointment with one of our expert physicians or licensed mental health providers at Baptist Health.