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Attention Deficit / Hyperactivity Disorders

Attention Deficit and/or Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) is a neuro-developmental disorder which is usually diagnosed in childhood and can continue through adolescence and adulthood. Students with ADHD show a persistent pattern of inattention and/or hyperactivity-impulsivity that interferes with functioning or development.

Inattention Hyperactivity Impulsivity
  • Being disorganized
  • Being extreme restless and active
  • Being social intrusive
  • Failing to follow or understand instructions
  • Displaying excessive fidgeting, tapping or talkativeness
  • Interrupting others excessively
  • Having difficulty sustaining focus
  • Having excessive motor activity
  • Making important decisions without consideration of long-term consequences
  • Not paying attention to details
  • Not being able to delay gratification

ADHD medications help reduced symptoms of hyperactivity and impulsivity, and improve functioning and concentration. The treatment must be closely monitored by the prescribed doctors to ensure understanding of the possible side effects during the treatment.

While many adults with ADHD improve once they start medication, they may continue to struggle with low self-value and inappropriate behaviors. Cognitive behavioral therapy is effective in improving social skills, setting helpful routines, reviewing time and stress management techniques and getting organized.

Support Network:
Support network, including families, teachers, university staff and peers to help people with ADHD to live up their full potential and enjoy a total campus life. Resources such as ADHD support groups and skill training are also available in the community.

Community Resources