Understand ADHD/ADD to help the college student and Adult to develop goals:
It is that time of the year when millions of young people are moving away from the built-in structure and safety net they call home to the freedoms of college life. To many, this is an exciting time filled with loads of possibilities, where one can learn and grow. It can also present new challenges, anxiety and being overwhelmed especially to those who have attention-deficit /hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). Greater responsibilities, numerous distractions, less structured time and completely new social situations are some of the new challenges that characterize this environment. To make it even more challenging is the fact that the previous support system that may have been present in your high school or home are lacking. All is not lost as several strategies can assist an ADHD student keep on track despite the new developments.
ADHD, also referred to as attention deficit hyperactivity disorder is diagnosed early in childhood before age 12. Some symptoms, such as lack of focused attention and organization may occur together or may present without the others.
What are the three major types of ADHD/ADD:
To assist a person who is diagnosed with ADHD it is important to learn the three major types of ADHD. The first is the combined type which is the most common, those suffering from combined type exhibit hyperactive and impulsive behavior as well as lack of attention and being easily distracted. The impulsive or hyperactive type is least common having the same symptoms with the combined type but the individuals do not show inattention and distractibility. The third type is inattentive and distractible; it is characterized by a serious lack of attention and distractibility without the impulsive or hyperactive behavior. Inattention for persons with ADHD involves difficulty sustaining attention, listening and attending to details. One is also easily distracted, forgets quickly, has poor organizational and study skills. Impulsivity is shown by constant interruptions of other people, difficulty waiting for own turn, taking risks and often without much thought. Hyperactivity is characterized by constant motion, difficulty staying at one place for long periods of time, even when expected to do so, fidgeting, excessive talk, difficulties in engaging in activities, which require silence. Many often forget repeatedly and lack the ability to remain on a task for the required period.