Symptoms of Attention Deficit Disorder

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Common symptoms of attention deficit disorder, or ADD, include being easily distracted, being forgetful and having difficult staying on task. Find out how a person with ADD can have problems interrupting others with help from a licensed mental health counselor in this free video on attention deficit disorder.

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Hi, my name's John Bosworth. I'm a licensed mental health counselor in St. Petersburg, Florida in private practice. I'd like to talk a little bit about the symptoms of attention deficit disorder. Most of us think of attention deficit disorder as the kid who can't sit still in class. You know, he's distract...easily distracted, he's irritable, he doesn't do well in school, he forgets things. He...you know, he forgets, you know, how to complete a task. He needs to be asked or reminded to do things at home. And a lot of times, when we think it's just the kid being difficult, but we got to recognize is that there are certain people in the population that have a truly diagnosed attention deficit. And by that, what we mean is there are some brain abnormalities. We're not sure really what causes them yet, but there either could be a genetic link. But we know that there's probably some brain dysfunction or disregulation going on in the attention or the cognitive processing centers. So what you want to look for -- some of the major symptoms of ADD -- are easily distracted, forgets things, can't follow directions, has trouble staying on task. The other side of the hyperactivity disorder could be impulsivity, blurts answers out, cuts in line, you know, interrupts people when they're talking. Those are some of the major symptoms of ADD, but we...what we also want to do is rule out and be specific in ruling out any other mental health disorders -- anxiety or depression or anger, some problems of anger. And we want to make sure that the diagnosis is actually attention deficit problems and not other mental health issues. My name's John Bosworth, and I have been discussing the symptoms of ADD or attention deficit disorder.

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