What the Heck is ADHD??

ADHD is a neurological condition.

You remember the movie Up, right?  The dogs all lost focus when a squirrel appeared.  You  have no idea how many people use ‘Squirrel!’ when I’m existing in all the areas in which I am observing, hearing or thinking something.  I’ve probably heard it 1,000 times.

SQUIRREL! From the movie Up

Typically, it runs in families.   According to the National Institute of Mental Health, the definition of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder is:

Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is a brain disorder marked by an ongoing pattern of inattention and/or hyperactivity-impulsivity that interferes with functioning or development.

  • Inattention means a person wanders off task, lacks persistence, has difficulty sustaining focus, and is disorganized; and these problems are not due to defiance or lack of comprehension.
  • Hyperactivity means a person seems to move about constantly, including in situations in which it is not appropriate; or excessively fidgets, taps, or talks. In adults, it may be extreme restlessness or wearing others out with constant activity.
  • Impulsivity means a person makes hasty actions that occur in the moment without first thinking about them and that may have high potential for harm; or a desire for immediate rewards or inability to delay gratification. An impulsive person may be socially intrusive and excessively interrupt others or make important decisions without considering the long-term consequences.

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