ADT Disorder

ADT causes inability to concentrate
ADT causes inability to concentrate (Image: Image by, courtesy of Aldo Gonzalez)

Everywhere people complain about how they have so much to do and how they are unable to concentrate. While this “condition” has become a common joke in the workplace, researchers now say that there might be something very real about being constantly distracted, and they call it attention deficit trait (ADT).

About ADT

Dr. Edward Hallowell, a psychiatrist and expert on attention deficit disorder (ADD), has identified ADT to be a condition that explains why people in today's culture have such a difficult time focusing. He believes the condition is developed and not something with which people are born.


The basic symptoms include lack of focus. More specifically, ADT symptoms include lack of production compared to the amount of time spent, lack of new ideas, and realization that an individual’s work is not being completed to its fullest potential.


The cause of ADT is rooted in modern culture, where people are expected to accomplish unrealistic amounts of work. The incessant attention demanded by telephones, computers and televisions, according to Dr. Hallowell, cause most people to become incredibly distracted.

Risk Factors

Most at risk for ADT are those who work in corporations and are constantly surrounded by attention-demanding technology. People who are expected to accomplish unrealistic amounts of work are also at risk for ADT, even if they are in non-corporate environments.


ADT is different from ADD in one distinct way. People with ADT experience relief from the condition when they remove themselves from the distractions, while people with ADD must get professional help.

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