ADD simply means that a person has a chronic inability to concentrate or focus their mind. It usually occurs in one of two ways, with hyperactivity (ADHD) or without. This is the most common thinking problem in children and it is estimated that six percent of children suffer from it. It is a leading cause of school failure and under-achievement. At least fifty-percent of the affected children will never be diagnosed or treated so that they remain disabled, often for life.
Six or more of the following symptoms must be present for six or more months before ADD can be diagnosed.
- They have racing or cluttered thoughts that make them very susceptible to any distraction.
- They have no attention for details which causes lots of careless errors.
- They are unable to complete tasks.
- They hear you but do not ‘listen’ even though you are speaking directly to them.
- They are unable to complete their school work unless they have one-on-one attention.
- They will make purposeless noises simply to fill the silence.
- Their grades are falling, they’ve become disorganized, the school has complained that they are disruptive in class or have become defiant of authority.
- They seem forgetful, lose things, and spend a good deal of time daydreaming.
- They are sometimes shy and withdrawn.
ADD with hyperactivity (ADHD) can be diagnosed if they also have some of the following symptoms:
- They fidget and squirm, they can’t seem to sit still.
- They can’t stay in their desks in class.
- They run around or climb things when it is inappropriate.
- They can’t seem to do anything quietly.
- They seem to be driven by a motor and are always in motion.
- They can’t stop talking.
- They blurt out answers before the questions are finished.
- They are unable to wait their turn and get easily frustrated.
- They interrupt and intrude. Their behavior is impulsive and disruptive.
- They have difficulty making and keeping friends because they are unable to share, demand their own way, are impatient, poor losers, and are generally socially immature.
Adults can also suffer from ADD, but their symptoms are slightly different.
- You suffer from chronic forgetfulness.
- You have problems with time and money management.
- You have a disorganized lifestyle.
- You move or change jobs frequently.
- You suffer from periodic depression, mood swings, or anxiety.
- You have chronic patterns of under achievement.
- You get feelings of restlessness.
- You act impulsively.
- You have a tendency towards substance abuse.
- You have a low self-esteem.
- You are easily frustrated.
- You have a difficult time concentrating.
- You have a hard time maintaining relationships.
- You are often labeled as lazy, immature, a daydreamer, a quitter, or as having a bad attitude.
- You have a tendency to over or under react.
What do I do next?
If you see yourself in the symptoms above then you need to print this list out, underline all your symptoms and take it to your doctor and then your counsellor. It will give them both a summary of what you are experiencing so they can create a treatment plan.
We have lots of resources right here to help you understand mood and concentration problems. These resources will also help you understand the conditions so you can help a loved one.
Personal coaching appointments are available to get you started in the right direction.
Emotionally Free – The first third of the book explains the nature and treatment of mood disorders from a Christian perspective and includes the symptom checklists for self assessment. The rest of the book explains problems with our personality and spirit.
Have a look at these DVDs/CDs/direct downloads – watch 5 minute previews online
Depression, The Path to Recovery As 2 disc of 10 TV interviews with Dr. Mullen where he explains a Christian understanding of depression, anxiety and mood swings. Our most popular DVD.
Moods, what Christians should know about depression, anxiety and mood swings Christians are often very confused and misinformed about the nature and treatment of mental illnesses. They are also very suspicious of psychiatric treatments, so many are suffering needlessly from correctable conditions. This presentation will remove the mystery and confusion about the diagnosis and treatment of depression, anxiety and mood swings.
Fear, When Trust is Lost You will get the tools to overcome and take control of the worries and fears that disrupt your life.
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Mood disorder self tests
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These checklists are adapted from:
The American Psychiatric Association: Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, Fourth Edition.
Washington, D.C. American Psychiatric Association, 1994