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Attention Deficit & Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)
ADHD is a chronic condition characterized by inattention, hyperactivity and impulsivity. It often develops in childhood and persists into adulthood.

An estimated 14.5% of children between the ages 2–17 meet the criteria for severe ADHD, and approximately 3.4% of adults experience disordered attention ( 

While some behaviors associated with ADHD are normal, someone with ADHD will have trouble controlling these behaviors and will show them much more frequently and for longer than 6 months.


Signs of inattention include:

  • Becoming easily distracted, and jumping from activity to activity

  • Becoming bored with a task quickly

  • Difficulty focusing attention or completing a single task or activity

  • Trouble completing or turning in homework assignments

  • Losing things such as school supplies or toys

  • Not listening or paying attention when spoken to

  • Daydreaming or wandering with lack of motivation

  • Difficulty processing information quickly

  • Struggling to follow directions


Signs of hyperactivity include:

  • Fidgeting and squirming, having trouble sitting still

  • Non-stop talking

  • Touching or playing with everything

  • Difficulty doing quiet tasks or activities


Signs of impulsivity include:

  • Impatience

  • Acting without regard for consequences, blurting things out

  • Difficulty taking turns, waiting or sharing

  • Interrupting others


First Steps specializes in the treatment of ADHD. ADHD can be managed and treated via:

  • Psychotherapy, including cognitive behavioral therapy, mindfulness, and solution-focused strategies

  • Self-management strategies, including learning relaxation techniques to enhance focus and motivation

If you or someone you know needs help, call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 800-273-TALK (8255). Crisis Text Line also provides free, 24/7, confidential support via text message to people in crisis when they text to 741741.

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