Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)

According to the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, Fifth Edition (DSM-5), “the essential feature of attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is a persistent pattern of inattention and /or hyperactivity-impulsivity that interferes with functioning or development” (American Psychiatric Association, 2013, p. 61). ADHD is a neurobiological disability with symptoms of inattention, impulsivity, or hyperactivity that appear in early childhood, are relatively chronic in nature, and are not due to other physical, mental, emotional, or developmental causes. There are three basic types: Predominantly Inattentive presentation, Predominantly hyperactive/impulsive presentation, and Combined presentation. ADHD can cause impairment in executive functioning abilities such as difficulty sustaining focus, organization, time management, and motivation to begin tasks.

Web Resources

The websites listed below are for informational purposes only. Inclusion on this list does not constitute an endorsement by the CSD.

  • ADDA- Attention Deficit Disorder Association 
    The Attention Deficit Disorder Association (ADDA) is the world’s leading adult ADHD organization. Their mission is to provide information, resources, and networking opportunities to help adults with Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (AD/HD) lead better lives.
  • ADHD Module
    Visit this module by the UConn Center on Postsecondary Education and Disability to read about students with ADHD and get resources, information, and support.