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Attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (or ADHD) is characterized by a number of symptoms that begin in childhood, including:
Some people will have these symptoms minus the hyperactive fidgeting, sometimes referred to as ADD.
There is no single test for ADHD/ADD, which is a complex condition and is sometimes difficult to diagnose.
It is important to have a thorough evaluation since these symptoms could be the result of other conditions or factors not related to ADHD.
It is important to know that ADHD/ADD is not the only cause of poor focus and/or distractibility. Other causes might include depression, anxiety, post-traumatic stress disorder, substance misuse, sleep disorders or sleep deprivation.