Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)

  • What is ADHD?The symptoms of ADHD present first in childhood and often persist into adulthood. There are three main variations of ADHD:  hyperactive, inattentive, and combined type. A person with untreated ADHD can face difficulties in managing daily tasks in different aspects of life.

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  • What does ADHD look like?People with ADHD can often appear spacey, disinterested, bored, anxious, restless, chaotic, disorganized, late, and inefficient.  ADHD can affect  many areas of one's life including self-esteem, self-care, relationships, academics, and work life.

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  • Can it be something else?There are many conditions that can look like ADHD. Some include subtle learning disabilities, anxiety, depression, sleep problems, and substance abuse (particularly marijuana). Also, there are medical conditions that can have similar symptoms as ADHD.

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  • Where do I get support/treatment?There are many resources within Penn and outside of Penn that can offer support for ADHD.  First, you need to decide what type of support you might need.

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