ADD and ADHD can sometimes be difficult for people to parse. Today we aim to help you understand these conditions a little better.

Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD) is typically categorised by inattention, preoccupation and a lack of concentration. By comparison, Attention Deficit Hyperactive Disorder (ADHD) can be distinguished by hyperactivity, overactiveness and excitability. It is also possible for individuals with one of these conditions to have some degree of overlap between the two. This is what is known as ‘mixed presentation.’

These conditions are distinctly neurological and may lead to a lack of focus on activities; the exception being what interests and engages the individual (such as their favourite game or TV show.) As they grow, individuals with ADD/ADHD often develop compensatory behaviours to help themselves focus and better function. For example, always putting their possessions in the same place. Such behaviours can become a routine and essential part of their lives and, to some extent, can help to mask their underlying condition. However, without professional help it can be challenging for these individuals to become to best they can be in the long term. That’s why we’re here to help!

Signs and symptoms of ADD/ADHD include an inability to pay close attention to details, difficulties organising tasks and activities, carelessness in work, forgetfulness and being easily distracted. Others may experience restless motions in their hands and feet, talk excessively, answer questions before they’re completed or interrupt others as they’re undergoing activities.

Our psychologists can help address ADD/ADHD by providing quality assurance and treatments. These include behavioural management, psychoeducation, and social skills training. We can also provide neurofeedback training as an adjunct therapy. Pharmacological interventions can also help alleviate symptoms and increase functioning.