What are some signs/symptoms of someone who has ADD?

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mizzwillie eNotes educator| Certified Educator

Signs or symptoms of someone with ADD which is Attention Deficit Disorder without the Hyperactivity component are difficult to define without complete agreement in the medical community.  ADD children are harder to diagnose because the hyperactivity piece is not there to make them more visible making their symptoms more subtle.  They often have trouble following directions especially if they must remember more than two at a time.  They have trouble paying attention for any length of time if the activity requires concentration and is not something they enjoy.  Being able to complete tasks is very difficult especially if the task is not broken down into manageable pieces for them to not feel overwhelmed.  They often have many tasks started with none of them completed.  Often quite bright, their focus is not very complete and distractability adds to the scattered approach to schoolwork or life in general.  Time management is also a problem.  Their "executive function" in the brain functions very poorly or not at all, leaving them without enough time to complete the tasks others finished long ago.  ADD seems to be a life-long disorder which must be addressed as too many of them drift in life without purpose.