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Attention Disorder Treatment

A person with an attention disorder may be impulsive, and may, therefore, have difficulty controlling the urge to abuse drugs or alcohol. For these individuals, treating the attention disorder at the same time as the addiction greatly reduces the odds of a relapse.

What is Attention Disorder?

More commonly referred to as Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD), this condition differs from Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) in that hyperactivity is not present. Patients may have difficulty focusing or concentrating for long periods of time, and can easily become distracted when performing everyday tasks. As with ADHD, those with ADD tend to be rather impulsive and are therefore more prone to alcohol or drug addiction than others.

Signs of Attention Disorder

A person with ADD may exhibit some or all of the following symptoms:

  • Constantly losing things
  • Becoming easily distracted
  • Difficulty finishing projects
  • Poor organizational skills
  • Ineffective time management

Changes in Behavior

During restful periods, there may be little difference in the behavior of a person with ADD and others. It may only be during times when a great deal of focus is needed that the signs of ADD present themselves. This is not imaginary, as scientists have discovered there are changes in brain activity that takes place when a person with ADD must concentrate very heavily. As such, medication to increase dopamine levels is often prescribed to help level out any chemical imbalances and ensure more consistent functioning.

Physical and Mental Symptoms of Attention Disorder

A common misconception is that an adult cannot have ADD unless he or she was diagnosed with it (or ADHD) in the past. The truth is that many children are undiagnosed and do not discover they have ADD until adulthood. Furthermore, some ADHD patients will notice a reduction in hyperactivity as they grow older, yet will still have difficulty paying attention. These individuals are sometimes thought to have “outgrown” their condition, when they may actually have gone from having one to the other.
Regardless of when they are diagnosed, those with ADD may have:

  • Frequent, unexplained mood swings
  • Problems following through with things or completing assigned tasks
  • Drifting thoughts or daydreams
  • Difficulty doing things that require a great deal of concentration

How North Coast Recovery Can Help

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