What is ADD/ADHD?
Attention deficit disorder/Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADD/ADHD) is a syndrome, usually diagnosed in childhood, characterized by a persistent pattern of impulsiveness, a short attention span, and sometimes hyperactivity, which interferes with academic, occupational, and social performance. Other symptoms include decreased attention span, increased impulsivity, and impairment in perception, conceptualization, language, memory, concentration, and motor skills. ADD/ADHD is significantly more prevalent in boys than in girls.
Children with ADD/ADHD Can Be
- Inattentive, but not hyperactive or impulsive
- Hyperactive and impulsive, but able to pay attention
- Inattentive, hyperactive, and impulsive (the most common form of ADD/ADHD)
It is not uncommon for a child with ADD/ADHD to be perceived as a “quiet dreamer.”