AD/HD Quick Facts

AD/HD Quick Facts

Imagine living in a fast-moving kaleidoscope where sounds, images, and thoughts are constantly shifting. Feeling easily bored yet helpless to keep your mind on tasks you need to complete, you are distracted by unimportant sights and sounds and your mind drives you from one thought or activity to the next. Perhaps you are so wrapped up in a collage of thoughts and images that you don’t even notice when someone speaks to you. For many people with Attention-Deficit/Hyperactiv- ity Disorder, or AD/HD, this description is their reality.

People with AD/HD have natural talents and abilities they can draw on to create successful lives and careers for themselves. Because of their drive for excitement and stimulation, some be- come successful in business, sports, construction, and public speaking. Be- cause of their ability to think about many things at once, others have won acclaim as artists and inventors.

If you think you or someone you know may be experiencing AD/HD, talk to a parent, teacher, or other trusted adult. Help is available–visit www.macmh.org for a list of disorder-specific resources.

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