Attention deficit disorder is a complex condition with two distinct presentations, both of which are officially known as ADHD. On the one hand, ADD is the term commonly used to describe symptoms of inattention, distractibility, and a poorly functioning memory. ADHD, on the other hand, is a term used to define additional symptoms of hyperactivity and impulsivity.

Both ADD and ADHD are used in the diagnosis of ADHD in all patients. Even though it is a condition that is typically apparent in childhood, it can occur in adulthood. Technically speaking, ADD is no longer a medical diagnosis; many parents, teachers, and adults continue to use the term ADD when referring to inattentive symptoms and presentations of attention deficit disorder.

Adults that have been diagnosed with ADHD have the same complaints of inability to pay attention for prolonged periods. Children will typically struggle to keep up with good school grades or become disruptive in class or withdrawn. Adults will usually complain about restlessness, insomnia and irritability spontaneously.

Symptoms of ADHD:

  • Poor working memory,
  • Inattention,
  • Distractibility,
  • Poor executive function,
  • Hyperactivity,
  • Aggression,
  • Lack of restraint,
  • Persistent repetition of words or actions.

While it may seem straightforward when diagnosing this condition, it requires expert knowledge and experience to classify and diagnose any person correctly. Misdiagnosis is both dangerous and a waste of time and money that could have been spent on your correct diagnosis. The approach to treatment depends solely on getting the right diagnosis. Dr Michelle Vlok-Barnard ensures that ADHD is not being mistaken for another condition with similar to identical symptoms.

Facts about ADHD:

ADHD is a biological disorder. It has one of the highest genetic powers of transmission when compared to other psychiatric illnesses.

A key symptom of ADHD is attention problems, not hyperactivity; other frequent complaints include lack of motivation and feelings of boredom.

ADHD undermines performance in educational and professional areas and is often destructive to the social life and relationships of those afflicted.