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Chapter 22. ADHD

Distracted, Disorganized, Impulsive

People with ADHD (attention deficit hyperactivity disorder) are easily distracted, impulsive, and disorganized to an extent that significantly impairs their functioning. When they take medication for the first time, the improvement in functioning can be remarkable. Being able to concentrate and get their work done is only one important change. They may now be able to sit and listen to people for the first time. They may significantly calm down, since they are now able to focus and are no longer continually distracted by a barrage of stimuli from the world that they could not previously filter out. Their ability to be organized in their work markedly improves, since they are no longer continually distracted from what they are doing and they can now carry through on tasks. Friends, family members, and colleagues are likely to find them much easier to deal with, calmer, and better organized. They no longer incessantly interrupt or talk nonstop. They are less irritable and impulsive. They no longer appear self-centered.


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