Help With Attention Issues

**A formal Diagnosis is informative but not necessary to benefit from the Whole Brain Gym program.

ADHD (attention deficit hyperactivity disorder) is a condition characterized by developmentally inappropriate levels of inattention, hyperactivity, and impulsive behavior. To be diagnosed, the condition must cause significant impairment in daily functioning in at least two settings, usually meaning a child’s symptoms are present both at home and at school for at least six months (1).

Individuals with attention disorders may demonstrate the following symptoms(2):

  • Have a hard time paying attention.
  • Daydream a lot.
  • Do not seem to listen.
  • Are easily distracted from schoolwork or play.
  • Forget things.
  • Are in constant motion or unable to stay seated.

ADHD can be classified as one of three different subtypes based on an individual’s strongest symptoms (3).
Based on the types of symptoms, three kinds (presentations) of ADHD can occur (3):

  • Combined Presentation: if enough symptoms of both criteria inattention and hyperactivity-impulsivity were present for the past 6 months
  • Predominantly Inattentive Presentation: if enough symptoms of inattention, but not hyperactivity-impulsivity, were present for the past six months
  • Predominantly Hyperactive-Impulsive Presentation: if enough symptoms of hyperactivity-impulsivity, but not inattention, were present for the past six months.

Because symptoms can change over time, the presentation may change over time as well.

To learn more about the specific symptoms of ADHD, please refer to the DSM-V criteria for ADHD. 

Source: (1)The National Alliance of Mental Illness (NAMI) 
Source: (2)The Center for Disease Control
Source: (3)DSM (4) Brain Balance Achievement Centers


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