In a child or adult, the symptoms of attention deficit disorder (ADD) can manifest in a number of ways. The symptoms include difficulty organizing tasks and completing tasks, difficulty staying organized, a dislike of mental effort, inability to complete daily tasks, and a tendency to lose items. These conditions can also be caused by drug use, school problems, and restlessness. While the disorder is not curable, there are treatments available to help those who are experiencing these symptoms.
Adults can develop ADD as early as age seven. The condition requires an accurate diagnosis before age seven, when it is most treatable. However, it is often missed, as comorbid conditions are common in adults. Often, the diagnosis of ADD is based on routine questioning. A more detailed interview is required to confirm the diagnosis. During the assessment, the family doctor can monitor the patient's progress and develop an integrated treatment plan.
Another comorbid condition that is common in children with ADD is low self-esteem. The child may experience failure in school, difficulty in the workplace, and difficulty in social interactions. It is important to remember that ADD can negatively affect self-esteem. To improve self-esteem, a child with attention deficit disorder should practice techniques that encourage them to acknowledge their accomplishments and to challenge negative thoughts. Some effective techniques for improving a child's self-esteem include acknowledging changes and addressing negative thoughts. In addition to these techniques, children with ADD should also try to avoid situations and activities that can lead to failure, such as playing video games.