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Treating Distracted & Impulsive ADD Children
10 CEUs Treating Distracted & Impulsive ADD Children

Section 1
Track #1 - Therapist's Mental Checklist for 8 Symptoms of ADD

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I realize you are all too familiar with the eight common symptoms of ADD, but I felt it might be beneficial to make sure we are all on the same theoretical page regarding ADD diagnosis. As I explain briefly each of the eight symptoms, have a client in mind and make a mental checklist as to the symptoms he or she is exhibiting and the therapeutic strategy you are using. Even though this course deals with Attention Deficit Disorder in children, I would like to use this track to compare and contrast eight common ADD symptoms in children and adults.

The eight common ADD symptoms we will be comparing and contrasting children with adults are: inattention, impulsivity, difficulty delaying gratification, emotional overarousal, hyperactivity, noncompliance, social problems, and disorganization.

8 Common Symptoms

Share on Facebook Symptom #1 - Inattention
Regarding the first common symptom, inattention, clients with ADD will often find themselves having trouble concentrating on many things. As you know, inattention may hurt adults with ADD at work, where they may not be able to finish as much as they would like to. At home, inattention may be the reason adults don’t stay on top of household chores. For children with ADD, the situation is similar: they may not be able to complete schoolwork or manage their responsibilities at home.

The day can seem like an endless series of frustrations. However, this inattention can also frustrate ADD clients in social situations where many conversations are occurring. The person with ADD will likely have difficulty following the conversation to which they are supposed to be paying attention.

Share on FacebookSymptom #2 - Impulsivity
The second common ADD symptom, impulsivity, is often not as apparent in adults with ADD as it is in children with ADD. People with ADD may have a tendency to interrupt, blurt things out, or yell in conversation. Sound familiar?

Share on Facebook Symptom #3 - Difficulty Delaying Gratification
The third common symptom, difficulty delaying gratification, is related to the ADD client’s sense of impatience and frustration stimulated by having to wait and think. For children with ADD, difficulty delaying gratification often causes them to have trouble finding the patience for academic tasks. Adults with ADD may display the difficulty delaying gratification symptom by lacking the patience to balance a check book, file a tax return, or pay the bills.

Share on Facebook Symptom #4 - Emotional Overarousal
In addition to inattention, impulsivity, and difficulty delaying gratification, the fourth symptom of ADD is emotional overarousal. For ADD children, emotional overarousal is primarily manifested in hyper-silly routines and ferocious tempers. Once they have become adults, the hyper-silly routine is less common. However, ADD adults often still struggle with their tempers. Sound like a client of yours?

Share on Facebook Symptom #5 - Hyperactivity
The fifth common symptom of ADD is hyperactivity. As you are aware, hyperactivity is commonly displayed in children and adults with ADD by a tendency to fidget and move around a lot. However, hyperactivity can also take a verbal form. ADD clients may have rapid, non-stop speech, and they may not be very good listeners. As you know, some clients are ADD but not HD. In the next track we will talk about these idiosyncratic patterns.

Share on Facebook Symptom #6 - Noncompliance
The sixth common symptom of ADD, noncompliance, is simply a problem with following rules. Children with ADD may be easier to spot by the noncompliance symptom because there are often more rules for them to break. I have noticed that in adults with ADD, noncompliance is less obvious because they don’t often have others telling them what to do as much. However, they may have difficulty with supervision in the workplace. Supervision often stirs up "anti-parent" antagonisms from their childhoods.

Share on Facebook Symptom #7 - Social Problems
The seventh common symptom of ADD is social problems. Children with ADD may struggle to make friends and get along with peers. By the time they are adults, people with ADD have generally given up on creating and maintaining long lasting relationships. The social problems are often caused by other symptoms of ADD: temper, talkativeness, and restlessness, for example. Social problems will also be dealt with in detail on the next track as an idiosyncratic, unique pattern.

Share on Facebook Symptom #8 - Disorganization
Finally, the eighth common symptom of ADD is disorganization. In children with ADD, disorganization is often noticed through schoolwork. For ADD adults, disorganization is manifested in their difficulty keeping track of dates, times, and appointments. For both children and adults with ADD, their memory can be amazingly erratic. They may often have a number of projects that were started and never completed. Sound like a client of yours?

On this track... we have talked about the eight common symptoms of ADD. The eight common symptoms are inattention, impulsivity, difficulty delaying gratification, emotional overarousal, hyperactivity, noncompliance, social problems, and disorganization.

On the next track, we will discuss the five Idiosyncratic, Unique Patterns of children with ADD. The five Idiosyncratic, Unique patterns of children with ADD are good social skills, a high IQ, shyness, no siblings or one-on-one preschool situation with parents, and ADD without hyperactivity. We will also talk about the misdiagnosis of ADD for Learning Disabled.

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