Inattention and Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)
Inattention related to attention deficit hyperactivity disorder
(ADHD) is having a shorter-than-expected attention span based on a person's
age. People with symptoms of inattention often have problems with:
- Listening when spoken to directly.
- Being easily distracted and staying on task. For example, a person
may fail to finish projects or make careless mistakes related to schoolwork,
chores, or duties in the workplace despite having understood instructions and
shown a willingness to do the work.
- Being forgetful. They might
lose things that are needed for tasks or activities, such as toys, school
assignments, pencils, books, or tools.
- Avoiding, disliking, or
being reluctant to do tasks that require sustained mental effort, such as
schoolwork or homework.
- Overconcentrating on certain activities
that do not tax their attention, such as television or computer games. It may
be hard to get them to stop and do something else.
|Primary Medical Reviewer||Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine|
|Specialist Medical Reviewer||Louis Pellegrino, MD - Developmental Pediatrics|
|Last Revised||February 2, 2012|