How does the attention deficit component of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) manifest?

Updated: Sep 09, 2021
  • Author: Maggie A Wilkes, MD; Chief Editor: Caroly Pataki, MD  more...
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The term attention deficit is misleading. In general, the current predominating theories suggest that persons with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), attention deficit disorder (ADD), actually have difficulty regulating their attention; inhibiting their attention to nonrelevant stimuli, and/or focusing too intensely on specific stimuli to the exclusion of what is relevant. In one sense, rather than too little attention, many persons with ADHD (ADD) pay too much attention to too many things, leading them to have little focus.

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