Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is one of the most common neurodevelopment disorders. It affects children and adults. People with ADHD may have trouble paying attention, controlling impulsive behaviors (may act without thinking about what the result will be), or be overly active.
ADHD can make it hard to function at home, at work and in school — but it's not a sign of low intelligence or willpower. Although some people have symptoms that are severe enough to interfere with their daily lives, many others function well in everyday situations but struggle with specific tasks or environments that require a lot of self-control. For example, they may do well when it's quiet and they're focused on a task that interests them, but they struggle to organize their time effectively or stick to a schedule. Or they may be highly productive for brief periods but then become easily distracted and lose focus.
Common ADHD symptoms include:
-Being easily distracted by things around you
-Having problems focusing on one thing or being easily bored
-Trouble staying still or being quiet
-Making careless mistakes on schoolwork or not listening when spoken to directly
-Being forgetful in daily activities, like doing chores or running errands
-Feeling restless, fidgety and unable to sit down for long periods of time
-Having trouble engaging in quiet leisure activities, like reading or watching television
-Frequently interrupting others during conversations or activities
-Being impatient with taking turns and waiting for your turn in games
-Behaving impulsively; having sudden outbursts of anger; acting on a whim; having difficulty dealing with frustration.