Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)
Dr. Kip Myers on Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)
During college, our capacity for scholarship, managing time and money, and emotional growth is put to the test. When overwhelmed by these challenges, students often ask me if they have attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). I hope to shed light on this important subject.
Symptoms of ADHD
Previously called minimal brain dysfunction, ADHD is a developmental disorder characterized by poor attention and organization, excessive physical movement, and impulsive, poor judgment causing serious consequences in most spheres of a person’s life, by age seven. As many as eight percent of children are affected, and their school records reflect far below average grades and frequent discipline problems. Less than half of them will have residual attention problems in adulthood. However, when the problems do persist in adulthood, lives are often complicated by increased risk of motor vehicle accidents, sexually transmitted diseases, and divorce due to their unreliable and impulsive behavior. Unemployment is more likely and, not surprisingly, adults with ADHD are overrepresented in jail and prison populations.