How Much Do the Symptoms Interfere with Daily Life

To assess an individual's difficulties only by counting symptoms would be like assessing a route for a cross-country hike using a map that offers no indication of the type of terrain to be traversed. To know the challenges to be faced by a hiker, one needs to know not only the mileage to be covered, but also the climate and characteristics of the ground that will be traveled; is it a single flat plain or rolling hills? Are there high mountains to be climbed or deep rivers to be crossed? Is the hike to be made over an open road or through a dense jungle with walls of vegetation?

To evaluate someone for ADHD, I need to gain a realistic appreciation of how much difficulty the various symptoms are causing for that person in meeting the challenges of their current life situation. This requires knowing something about the individual's tasks of daily life and the circumstances under which those tasks must be performed. It also requires an appreciation ofhow much trouble any given symptom of ADHD is consistently causing this particular individual relative to most others of the comparison group. Sometimes one or two symptoms may be severely impairing, comparable to a deep valley and a high mountain on the hiking path. In other persons the weight of ADHD impairment may be significant not from any one or two severely impairing symptoms, but from difficulties caused by an overwhelming combination of many less severe symptoms, none of which might be considered so problematic in isolation.

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Understanding And Treating ADHD

Understanding And Treating ADHD

Attention Deficit Disorder or ADD is a very complicated, and time and again misinterpreted, disorder. Its beginning is physiological, but it can have a multitude of consequences that come alongside with it. That apart, what is the differentiation between ADHD and ADD ADHD is the abbreviated form of Attention Deficit Hyperactive Disorder, its major indications being noticeable hyperactivity and impulsivity.

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