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.
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