ATTENTION DEFICIT DISORDER
Attention Deficit Disorders or ADD, also called Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder or ADHD is a condition that affects children’s ability to pay attention, which often results to difficulty understanding, following instructions and often times cause trouble to their families, school and to the society as a whole.
It is normal that children, usually below 7 years old, to occasionally forget their homework, daydream especially during classes or act without thinking. But impulsivity, hyperactivity, and inattention can also be symptoms of ADHD. Learning and recognizing the signs and symptoms of ADHD will be the first step to address the problem and getting the right help for your child.
Children, who can’t sit still, follow instructions no matter how many times you have presented them or children who are labeled as troublemakers may have ADHD. It is difficult for these children to control their responses to certain chores, tasks and normal activities of daily living.
ADHD does not only affect children but also adults. Symptoms can start in childhood but can continue through adolescence and adulthood. Inattention, disorganization and poor impulse control can still be symptoms in adulthood however, hyperactivity tends to improve.
Warning signs can be noted in people with ADHD:
- Inattention or difficulty paying attention.
- Hyperactivity or being overactive to the point the individual can’t sit for long periods of time, cannot concentrate and easily get bored.
- Acting without thinking or very impulsive.
It can be hard for individuals who are suffering from ADHD. Children and adults alike will likely overlook details, makes unnecessary mistakes in school, at work or during other activities. Cannot follow instructions, in children they fail to finish schoolwork and in adults cannot focus on task or schoolwork or duties. Additionally, physical symptoms would also start to exhibit such as talking nonstop, fidgeting or squirming, impatient, always “on-the-go” and cannot engage in their hobbies quietly and so forth.
If you think you are suffering from Attention Deficit Disorder you should seek medical assistance. You may also be entitled to Social Security Disability Benefits. The SSA considered Attention Deficit Disorder as a medical condition that would make you eligible for SSDI and SSI. Social Security Administration (SSA) maintains a “Listing of Medical Impairments” (known as the blue book) that automatically qualify you for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) or Supplemental Security Income (SSI).