Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder and Electronics

As an Outpatient therapist, I work with clients that come in with a wide array of diagnoses. However when I sit back and look at the clients I work with the most, the diagnosis that is most prevalent is Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder or ADHD.

Per the DSM-V Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder has 3 subtypes: 1) predominately inattentive presentation; 2) predominantly hyperactive/impulsive presentation; or 3) combined type.

There are 9 symptoms of inattentive type:

  1. Often fails to give close attention to details or makes careless mistakes in work, school work, or other activities
  2. Often has difficulty sustaining attention in tasks or play activities
  3. Often does not seem to listen when spoken to directly
  4. Often does not follow through on instructions and fails to finish school work, chores, or other duties in the work place.
  5. Often has difficulty in organizing tasks and activities
  6. Often avoids or is reluctant to engage in tasks that required a sustained mental effort
  7. Often loses things necessary for tasks for activities
  8. Is often easily distracted by extraneous stimuli
  9. Is often forgetful of daily activities

There are 9 symptoms of hyperactive/impulsive type:

  1. Often fidgets with or taps hands or squirms in seat
  2. Often leaves seat in situations when remaining seated is expected
  3. Often runs about or climbs in situations where it is inappropriate
  4. Often unable to play or engage in leisure activities quietly
  5. Is often “on the go” acting as if “driven by a motor”
  6. Often talks excessively
  7. Often blurts out answers before questions have been completed
  8. Often has difficulty awaiting turn
  9. Often interrupts or intrudes on others

If you or someone you know is suffering from ADHD and needs help please contact the Youth Crisis Center Hopeline at 1-877-720-0007 or 904-725-6662.

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