The essential feature of Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder is a
persistent pattern of inattention, and/or hyperactivity-impulsivity that is
more frequent and severe than is typically observed in other individuals at a
comparable level of development. While normally thought of as a child's
disorder, it is also prevalent among adults.
ADHD may be manifested by fidgeting or squirming in one's seat or work that is often messy, performed carelessly and scattered. Children may turn in schoolwork that has numerous mistakes and shows lack of attention to detail.
It is important to remember that children and adults often display these systems, which is completely normal. ADHD is characterized by these systems showing up consistently, for many years, causing significant problems in social and employment or school situations.
While medication may prove necessary in some rare instances, Cruz Clinic generally opposes such use. Medications for ADHD could have unexpected side effects, especially in children. For medication to even be considered, there must be clear evidence of clinically significant impairment in social, academic or occupational functioning.
Even then, it is important to remember that medication is only part of the overall management of ADHD. Parent, teachers, physicians, and other professionals comprise a team that must work together. Medication is meant to complement a program of educational and psychological support that is tailored to meet the needs of each individual patient.
Answer the following questions with "Yes" or "No". The more Yes's than No's may suggest that further evaluation by a professional may be helpful.
Have six or more of the following symptoms of inattention persisted for at least six months?
Have six or more of the following symptoms of Hyperactivity/Impulsivity persisted for at least 6 months or more?