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Features of ADHD

This section describes the key features of ADHD. This includes an often overlooked and misinterpreted feature: difficulty regulating emotions.  

Difficulties with Attention

Careless mistakes and lack of attention to detail
Continually starting new tasks before finishing old ones
Poor organisational and time management skills
Inability to focus; zoning out in conversations and finding it hard to listen
Struggling to follow instructions
Continually losing or misplacing things
Easily distracted from tasks
Procrastinating particularly with tasks requiring sustained effort

Hyperactivity and Impulsivity

Fidgeting with hands or feet, or squirming in chair and difficulty staying seated
Inner restlessness and a need to move around
Easily bored
Constantly rushing around
Difficulties with socialising:
Difficulty keeping quiet
Blurting out responses, and poor social timing when talking to others
Frequently interrupting conversation
Difficulty waiting turns
Difficulty maintaining relationships

Difficulty Regulating Emotions

Emotional response that is out of proportion to the given cause
Struggling to calm down
Low tolerance to frustration
Feeling overwhelmed by your emotions
Difficulty in controlling anger

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