Prior to 1987, the terminology for ADHD was ADD with or without hyperactivity. Currently our diagnostic manual designates three types of ADHD – predominantly Inattentive, predominantly Hyperactive-Impulsive, and Combined. In our experience, many people incorrectly continue to use the term ADD.
In recent years, the focus has shifted from hyperactivity and inattentiveness, to more global concerns about how ADHD impacts the brain in all tasks of daily living. The frontal lobe, which is responsible for executive functioning, is most impacted by ADHD. Executive functioning is the ability to Analyze a task, Plan how to address the task, Organize the steps needed to carry out the task, Develop timelines for Completing the task, Adjusting to any necessary changes along the way and Completing the task in a timely manner.
Executive functioning also determines a person’s frustration tolerance, ability to remain focused, and remember and follow directions.
You might have ADHD if you experience the following symptoms:
• Often has difficulty sustaining attention.
• Often gets easily distracted
• Often does not follow through on instructions and fails to finish tasks
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