A diagnosis of attention deficit disorder (ADD) requires a thorough evaluation. Children with this disorder can be hyperactive, have trouble keeping track of tasks, and be easily distracted. They are also prone to forgetting important things and cannot complete even the most basic tasks. Those with this condition can become extremely bored, and lose interest in daily activities. As a result, they tend to do poorly in school, and do not enjoy their work.
Dysgraphia, or the inability to complete written tasks, is a common symptom. The condition affects approximately 8% of the general population. It is more common among females than males, with a 2:1 gender ratio. While it may not be life-threatening, the symptoms can cause many emotional problems. Children with dysgraphia often face social stigma, as they are often blamed for their inability to focus.
The earliest symptoms of ADHD are usually apparent at a young age, and include problems paying attention, disorganization, difficulty completing tasks, and forgetfulness. To qualify as a candidate for an ADHD diagnosis, the child must have trouble in at least two settings and have symptoms in more than one setting. The consequences of a diagnosis of attention deficit disorder are substantial. If the child does not receive adequate attention in school, they might engage in risky behaviors. They might also lose their jobs and suffer serious emotional traumas.