What is Attention Deficit Disorder?

Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD) is a persistent pattern of inattention and hyperactivity-impulsivity or both. ADHD typically includes an aspect of hyperactivity, which may be in the form of fidgeting, excessive talking, and a general excess in physical movement or impulsive actions. ADD and ADHD both result in a reduced ability to concentrate and focus on a specific task, an increased chance of distraction, and reduction in memory capability. ADD’s prevalence is typically given as 3-5 percent of the general population, but the actual prevalence is unknown and estimates vary between 1 and 20 percent.

For additional information go to the faculty/staff section, the Documentation Guidelines for Students with Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorders (pdf) or contact the Academic Resource Center.