Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder
“Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is a condition in which characterized by inattention, hyperactivity and impulsivity. ADHD is most commonly diagnosed in young people, according to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). An estimated 9% of children between ages 3–17 have ADHD. While ADHD is usually diagnosed in childhood, it does not only affect children. An estimated 4% of adults have ADHD.
While some behaviors associated with ADHD are normal, someone with ADHD will have trouble controlling these behaviors and will show them much more frequently and for longer than 6 months.
Signs of inattention include:
Becoming easily distracted, and jumping from activity to activity.
Becoming bored with a task quickly.
Difficulty focusing attention or completing a single task or activity.
Trouble completing or turning in homework assignments.
Losing things such as school supplies or toys.
Not listening or paying attention when spoken to.
Daydreaming or wandering with lack of motivation.
Difficulty processing information quickly.
Struggling to follow directions.
Signs of hyperactivity include:
Fidgeting and squirming, having trouble sitting still.
Touching or playing with everything.
Difficulty doing quiet tasks or activities.
Signs of impulsivity include:
Acting without regard for consequences, blurting things out.
Difficulty taking turns, waiting or sharing.
ADHD Support Groups in Maine-
ADHD Information Packet from Maine Parent Federation-
Pediatric ADHD Referral Guidelines from Maine Health-
ADHD Psychiatrists in Maine-
ADHD Therapists in Maine-
ADHD Summer Camp-
Maine Counseling & Consultations List of Resources (many for ADHD)-
ADHD Fact Sheet from CHADD-
ADHD Management Tips from WebMD-
ADHD Survival Tips from ADDitude Magazine-
Survival Tips for Parents of Children with ADHD- https://www.everydayhealth.com/hs/adhd-and-your-child/survival-tips-parents-of-adhd-children/
30 ADHD Social Media Resources-