Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADD/ADHD)
Neurodiversity is about how our brains process information and how we think, as we can be wired differently. This includes concentration, language, sound, images, light, texture, colour, touch, smell, taste, perception, sequencing and movement. One major neuro-diverse type is listed below
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder is a genetic and neurobiological disorder found in adults as well as children and is defined and based upon observations about how people behave in the following areas:
Attention Span – Keeping attention, getting easily distracted, becomes bored, daydreams, often loses things and struggles to follow instructions.
Hyperactivity – Too much energy, keeping busy, fidgeting, sublimation very impatient, act without regard for consequences and difficulty waiting their turn.
Impulsiveness – Not stopping and thinking before they do things, acts on a whim, acts on urges too readily, poor organization and planning ability.
About 1.7 % of the UK population is affected. The majority of these are children.
Adults with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADD/ADHD) can be a great asset to a company as they are hard working when properly motivated. This will lead to them remaining with one company for a long time as they tend to be dedicated to their job. They often need high levels of stimulation and can work well in a fast moving environment.
No matter how intelligent men and women are they can still feel misunderstood and vulnerable.
- Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADD/ADHD) is not mental illnesses. It is a development disorder and associated with learning difficulties.
- Individuals may have more than one neuro-diversity, as they overlap each other.
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Premier House 112 Station Road
Lincoln ADHD Support Group
72a Newark Road
Online Quick Adult ADHD Screening Test
If you are undiagnosed with ADHD, you can get an initial test on line. This test is not a diagnosis but it is FREE of charge, http://psychcentral.com/quizzes/adultaddquiz.htm
- Talks on ADD/ADHD by professionals.
- Information on children and young people with ADHD for general practitioners, GPWsi’s, community paediatricians and CAMHS staff
- www.adders.org Adders objective is to promote awareness to Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder and to provide information and as much free practical help as they can to sufferers, both adults and children, and their families in the UK and around the World via this website.
- www.addandadhd.co.uk Many children and adults in the UK are affected by ADD or ADHD. Whether you suffer from one of the conditions or know someone who struggles with it each day, finding a single resource that can answer your questions isn’t easy. A team of experts has created this website to help you make sense of ADD and ADHD.