Health Tip: Recognizing Signs of ADHD

Difficulty paying attention may be most obvious

(HealthDay News) -- Attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) often is diagnosed in childhood but may well continue into adulthood. The condition impacts areas of the brain that control one's ability to pay attention.

Symptoms of ADHD vary greatly, but typically include difficulty focusing on a particular task or paying attention. Forgetting directions, an inability to follow through with instructions, losing things, forgetting to complete tasks, or difficulty with organization also are common warning signs.

If you notice these symptoms in yourself or your child, contact your doctor. If ADHD is diagnosed, there are a number of medications to help alleviate symptoms. Also, many schools offer programs to help children with ADHD learn to how better focus and pay attention.

Diana Kohnle

Diana Kohnle

Published on April 19, 2006

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