What is ADHD?

ADHD is relatively common yet frequently misunderstood. Kids that have it are often labeled as emotionally reactive, interruptive, and impatient. Adults may be seen as forgetful or unmotivated. These labels are harmful and can make work, school, daily tasks, and relationships more challenging than they need to be. 

Knowing that you or your child may have ADHD can help you receive proper treatment and live a better life quality.

What is ADHD?

Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder is a neurodevelopmental disorder characterized by core symptoms of inattentiveness, distractibility, hyperactivity, and impulsivity. These symptoms impact the brain's area responsible for regulating emotion, impulse control, and executive functioning, including decision-making and judgment.

Symptoms present differently depending on each person and may not always as noticeable as you'd imagine. Although they may change and shift with age, symptoms rarely disappear.

The main signs of each category are:


  • Lack of attention to detail
  • Difficulty focusing on one thing
  • Is easily distracted or frequently switch from one activity to the other
  • Trouble completing tasks or quickly bored by them
  • Loses things often 
  • Difficulty listening when spoken to
  • Daydreaming


  • Find it difficult to relax
  • Feelings of restlessness
  • Appears to be "run by a motor"
  • Talks excessively
  • Irritable, or frequent changes in mood


  • Can be very impatient
  • Interrupts frequently
  • Act without regard for consequences
  • May be overreactive or have emotional outbursts

In children, these symptoms can present issues in school. A teacher is often one of the first people to recognize these symptoms in children.

In adults, symptoms can result in other issues- such as marriage difficulties, addictions, reckless driving, and financial trouble. 

Experiencing these symptoms can be difficult for anyone. Despite the challenges that come with ADHD, the condition can be managed, and treatment is available.

Getting Help

A range of approaches can help you manage ADHD. By seeking treatment, you can learn effective coping strategies, improve the quality of your relationships, and feel more in control of your life. Treatment options may include:

Medication. Medication is the most common treatment for ADHD. Contact your local healthcare provider to learn more. 

Psychotherapy. Working with a trained counselor or therapist can help address issues that result from living with ADHD.

Support Groups. Support groups offer education, emotional support, and encouragement to parents and adults living with ADHD. Being with people who understand your struggles can provide great comfort and a sense of belonging.

Accommodations. Both children and adults can receive special accommodations at school and the workplace. 


To learn more about your symptoms and receive the treatment you deserve, contact us today. Living with ADHD can be challenging, but with the right support and treatment, you can create a life that allows you to reach your greatest potential.