Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) is a condition that is characterized by inability to pay attention, impulsivity, hyperactivity, and being distracted easily. Although all people have these traits from time to time people diagnosed with ADHD have them to an extreme degree to the point where it interferes with their lives in a negative way. Symptoms also must be present at least 6 months before a diagnosis can be made.
Although most commonly diagnosed in children adults can also be diagnosed as having this disorder with the presumption they have had it since childhood and it wasn't identified. There are differing levels of ADHD which can range from mild to severe with symptoms often decreasing in severity with age. ADHD can be treated using behavioral therapies and/or medication. ADHD differs from Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD) in regards to the impulsivity and hyperactivity components of the disorder. People with ADD mainly have issues with distractibility and do not exhibit the other traits of ADHD.