Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)

Definition - What does Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) mean?

Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), is a psychological condition that often causes a wide range of symptoms including difficulty concentrating on tasks and/or making spontaneous decisions without weighing the ramifications. ADHD generally begins in childhood and in adulthood can affect personal and professional relationships on the whole. Adults struggling with ADHD can face stigma by being mistaken as incompetent, inefficient, and irresponsible. However, they often possess substantial abilities, skills, and talents conducive to an employer’s bottom line.

WorkplaceTesting explains Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)

Although, there is no cure for ADHD, coping mechanisms and medications exist to help alleviate persistent symptoms interfering with daily activities. Children and adults can benefit from regular counseling, job coaching sessions, prescription medications and, in some cases, receive special modifications in a work environment to facilitate job performance.

Individuals with ADHD tend to display inconsistent and erratic behavior, frequently changing jobs, lacking organizational skills, and have trouble coordinating and planning tasks within a designated time schedule. It is the responsibility of an applicant/employee to inform their employer of an ADHD diagnosis. The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) classifies ADHD a disability, allowing employers to meet independent needs of individuals with ADHD in order to capitalize on their strengths.

Because the etiology, or direct cause, for ADHD remains unclear, many people are reluctant to disclose having ADHD given underlying negative impressions attributed to its condition.

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