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Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder

Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder used be broken down into two subcategories: ADHD and ADD; however, now the two fall under ADHD. There continue to be subtypes to help specify the specific symptoms of the individual. The sub categories are Predominately Inattentive Type, Predominately Hyperactive/Impulsive Type, and Combined Type. To be diagnosed with ADHD, symptoms must be observed in two different settings for six months or more and to a degree that is greater than other children of the same age. 

An individual with inattention may have some or all of the following symptoms: 


  • Be easily distracted, miss details, forget things, and frequently switch from one activity to another

  • Have difficulty maintaining focus on one task

  • Become bored with a task after only a few minutes, unless doing something enjoyable

  • Have difficulty focusing attention on organizing and completing a task or learning something new

  • Have trouble completing or turning in homework assignments, often losing things (e.g., pencils, toys, assignments) needed to complete tasks or activities

  • Not seem to listen when spoken to

  • Daydream, become easily confused, and move slowly

  • Have difficulty processing information as quickly and accurately as others

  • Struggle to follow instructions






An individual with hyperactivity may have some or all of the following symptoms:


  • Fidget and squirm in their seats

  • Talk nonstop

  • Dash around, touching or playing with anything and everything in sight

  • Have trouble sitting still during dinner, school, doing homework, and story time

  • Be constantly in motion

  • Have difficulty doing quiet tasks or activities


Note: These hyperactivity symptoms tend to go away with age and turn into "inner restlessness" in teens and adults with ADHD.


An individual with impulsivity may have some or all of the following symptoms:


  • Be very impatient

  • Blurt out inappropriate comments, show their emotions without restraint, and act without regard for consequences

  • Have difficulty waiting for things they want or waiting their turns in games

  • Often interrupts conversations or others' activities

If you believe you or a loved one may be struggling with ADHD, please call LSH Psychological Services today. Dr. Hennessy is here to help you. With a unique therapy plan designed on a per-patient basis, she knows that the right therapy makes all the difference. Call today at 954-317-0551 or email her at


For more information regarding ADHD and impulsive-related disorders, check out the links below:


ADHD and Neurofeedback Therapy

The Mayo Clinic: ADHD

WebMD: Symptoms of ADHD

ADDitude: Living with Attention Deficit


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