What is ADHD (ADD)?
The National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) defined ADHD as brain disorder marked by an ongoing pattern of inattention and/or hyperactivity-impulsivity that interferes with functioning or development. Some symptoms of ADHD may be
- 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.
Why is an ADHD assessment necessary?
An assessment can aid in determining one's level of functioning and and rule out other diagnosis with similar symptoms. An assessment can determine a diagnosis that may allow other resources and supports to help a child in school. Frequently a diagnosis from a licensed professional is needed for school determinations, placement , and services as well as allowing insurance providers to pay for services.
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