Boise Psychological Services

What is an Attention Deficit Disorder or an Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder?

It is a biologically based developmental problem that affects attention, activity, and impulse control. It may include hyperactivity (ADHD) or not (ADD). Many people with ADD or ADHD also have learning problems. Some people diagnosed with ADD or ADHD may actually have a different problem such as depression or bi-polar disorder which has similar symptoms to ADD or ADHD. That is why it is important to have a comprehensive evaluation and not just rely on questionnaires and interviews.

Child TestingSome Symptoms of ADD or ADHD

  • Fidgeting or squirming
  • Easily distracted
  • Difficulty waiting in games or in lines
  • Blurting out answers
  • Difficulty following instructions
  • Shifting from one uncompleted activity to another
  • Talking excessively
  • Interrupting or intruding on others
  • Losing or misplacing things necessary for task completion
  • Engaging in physically dangerous activities
  • Not being able to sit for more than a few minutes
  • Body parts always moving
  • Quickly bored
  • Has to be doing things to occupy self while sitting
  • Reacting without thinking
  • Moody, unpredictable, quick to anger/cry
  • Argues and gripes about the rules. Wants to be the exception
  • Teases, mouthy, has to have the last word



Boise Psychological Services
913 So. Latah
Boise, Idaho 83705

Phone: 208.376.3546

Fax: 208.376.9792