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Attention Deficit (ADHD and ADD)

Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is a psychological disorder beginning in childhood that is characterized by three broad sets of symptoms: inattention and distractibility, hyperactivity, and impulsivity. While symptoms must originate in childhood in order to meet the criteria for a diagnosis of ADHD, they persist into adulthood approximately half the time. ADHD is used interchangeably with ADD even though hyperactivity and impulsivity are not present.

How does it impact the workplace?

If untreated, symptoms of ADHD can impede occupational functioning, particularly in positions for which organization and attention to detail are required.  Poor concentration, not finishing work, or acting impulsively on the job can have a negative impact.

 

How does it impact relationships?

Symptoms of ADHD, including restlessness, difficulty keeping track of dates and appointments, and a tendency to interrupt, can put a strain on relationships.

 

How is it managed?

Treatment for ADHD can include pharmacotherapy and behavior therapy. Sometimes accommodations can be made through the university's Disability Services Office and the hospital and health system ADA/Accessibility Consultant, Organizational Equity.

 

What resources are available?

FASAP can help you assess whether ADHD is impacting functioning enough to require intervention and support, but FASAP does not diagnose ADHD.


Updated 6/21/2016

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