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Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder

Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) is a common behavioral disorder. The acronym of ADHD is normally used whether or not hyperactivity is present. Symptoms of ADHD are often mistaken for stress or another mental health issue. Many adults live with ADHD unaware of it as over the years they have learned to cope with its symptoms.

ADHD symptoms can be different for each person. Individuals may experience more difficulties with impulsiveness while others may find it nearly impossible to focus their attention for sustained periods. ADHD is broken down into three subtypes: inattentive, hyperactive-impulsive, or a combination of both.


Inattentive symptoms include:

  • Inability to pay attention to details or a tendency to make careless errors
  • Difficulty with sustained attention in tasks
  • Problems listening
  • Difficulty following instructions
  • Problems with organization
  • Avoidance or dislike of tasks that require sustained mental effort
  • Tendency to lose things
  • Distractibility
  • Forgetfulness in daily activities


Hyperactive-impulsive symptoms include:

  • Fidgeting or squirming
  • Difficulty remaining stationary
  • Excessive running or climbing
  • Difficulties with being quietly
  • Always seeming to be "on the go"
  • Excessive talking
  • Blurting out or interrupting
  • Difficulties with waiting
  • Problems with interrupting or intruding

Combined type involves a combination of inattentive and hyperactive-impulsive symptoms. ADHD combined type is the most common.

If you have a diagnosed history of ADD, or are concerned that you might be experiencing symptoms of ADD, Student Counseling Services and other campus offices such as Disability Concerns are here to help.


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