Many of the behavioral features associated with Attention Deficit Disorder can hinder the lifestyle and well-being of sufferers. There are three main behavioral features associated with the disability. The first two include impulsive behavior and a short attention span. These characteristics display themselves in the sufferer’s penchant to seek out instant gratification and a seemingly self-involved attitude towards life. Hyperactivity, the third feature of the disability, is commonly dismissed as being innocuous when compared to the preceding two features; however, ADD hyperactivity can act as more of a hindrance than many people realize.
ADD hyperactivity is the tendency for sufferers to engage in excessive physical activity. One example of ADD hyperactivity could be when a sufferer fidgets or jitters. They lack the ability to sit still for very long. They might also experience bursts of energy where they feel compelled to run, jump, or climb excessively.
When sufferers exhibit ADD hyperactivity they will often squirm just to release the pent up energy that they are feeling. The energy within them is so overpowering that it must manifest itself in some form. When they are displaying ADD hyperactivity, it rarely has anything to do with nerves or emotion. In many cases, this behavior is wholly subconscious.
This particular facet of the disability can frustrate the sufferer as they begin to feel that they are not in control of their own bodies. It can have an enormous impact on the emotions and sense of self-control. ADD hyperactivity can therefore lead to feelings of depression and a negative view of their place in the world.
However, there is hope. With regular visits to a therapist and strict adherence to a stimulant medication regiment, ADD hyperactivity (and other features of the disorder) can be remedied.