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.
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.
Symptoms of ADHD, including restlessness, difficulty keeping track of dates and appointments, and a tendency to interrupt, can put a strain on relationships.
FASAP can help you assess whether ADHD is impacting functioning enough to require intervention and support, but FASAP does not diagnose ADHD.