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Attention issues are often times very complex and interesting. Here is a list of symptoms for ADHD:​


Difficulty concentrating                                    Disorganized

Easily distracted                                              Rarely finish projects

Restless and fidgety                                        Easily irritated (short fuse)

Impulsive actions                                             Easily frustrated

Rapid mood swings                                          Low self-esteem

Tendency for addictive behaviors                    Interrupt or intrude on others

Inconsistent work and effort                             Fails to listen

Poor sense of time                                           Make careless mistakes

Easily overwhelmed                                         Poor time management

Difficulty switching activities                             Enjoy high-risk behaviors

Feel “driven by a motor”                                   Chronic lateness

Talk excessively                                               Easily bored

Frequently lose things                                      Poor employment history

Blurt out answers                                             Feel anxious

Impatient in awaiting turn                                 Often depressed

Forgetful in daily duties                                    Poor eye contact




I have had clients check off every one of these symptoms – and still not have ADHD. Often times, other factors are causing these symptoms to occur. I can administer the TOVA test – Test Of Variable Attention which will give us a snapshot of HOW you pay attention.  This, along with history gathering can guide us towards a clear picture of why the symptoms are occurring.




Attention is best described as the sustained focus of cognitive resources while filtering or ignoring extraneous (coming from outside) information. Attention is a very basic function that often is a precursor to many other neurological/cognitive functions. (Wikipedia)


Focused attention this is the ability to respond discretely to specific visual, auditory or tactile stimuli.


Sustained attention this refers to the ability to maintain a consistent behavioral response during continuous receptive activity. Ex: taking notes during a class.


Selective attention is simply the act of focusing on a particular object for a period of time, while simultaneously ignoring irrelevant information that is also occurring. Ex: continuing to talk to someone while gardeners are outside with blowers.


Alternating attention this means alternating your focus back and forth between two different tasks. Ex: Alternating between cooking and helping your child with their homework.


Divided attention is the highest level of attention and means dividing your attention between two or more tasks. Ex: Talking on the phone while getting dressed and helping kids with homework.