ADHD

having a problem ‘paying attention’ does NOT automatically result in a diagnosis of Attention Deficit Disorder
ADHD

It seems that this condition is currently being utilized by anyone and everyone who “can’t focus or pay attention”.  This is an unfortunate situation because having a problem ‘paying attention’ does NOT automatically result in a diagnosis of Attention Deficit Disorder.

There are a number of important criteria which must be met to justify the diagnosis and medication treatment.  It is also important to know that there are any number of psychiatric conditions which can cause problems with attention, focus and concentration.  These include depression, anxiety disorder, and bipolar disorders to name a few.  Therefore, before making the diagnosis, the physician/psychiatrist has to consider all these factors.

In addition, let’s look at what this condition probably ‘isn’t’…It is NOT a ‘deficit’ in attention but, more correctly, it is a problem with:

  •  inhibiting attention to non-relevant stimuli
  • focusing too intently on specific stimuli and excluding what is relevant
  • paying attention to many things and not focusing, attending to what is important

Because of the complexity of this condition, a comprehensive assessment, utilizing, amongst other instruments, the Quotient Assessment tool is necessary before any type of treatment is recommended.

For other useful information, visit the following sites:

http://www.nimh.nih.gov/health/topics/attention-deficit-hyperactivity-disorder-adhd/index.shtml

http://www.cdc.gov/ncbddd/adhd/