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Improve Your Memory, Sixth Edition by Ron Fry

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Chapter 10. Let’s Not Forget ADD

Just what is ADD? It’s probably easiest to describe as a person’s difficulty with focusing on a simple thing for any significant amount of time. People with ADD are described as easily distracted, impatient, impulsive, and often seeking immediate gratification. They have poor listening skills and have trouble doing “boring” jobs (like sitting quietly in class or, as adults, balancing a checkbook). “Disorganized” and “messy” are words that also come up often.

Hyperactivity is more clearly defined as restlessness, resulting in excessive activity. Hyperactives are usually described as having “ants in their pants.” ADHD is a combination of hyperactivity and ADD.

According to the American Psychiatric Association, a person ...

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