He can focus on computer games for hours at a time! Why canít he finish his homework?
She can sit and read a book for three hours straight, so why canít she sit down and get the bills done?
If he or she has an attention deficit, how can they focus for hours on one activity?
These are common questions asked by loved ones of those with ADHD.
Kathleen Nadeau explains this phenomenon in her book, Adventures in Fast Forward
. ďIn actuality, ADD is not a Ďdeficití of attention, but a disorder in which individuals have much less control over their responses to stimuli,Ē writes Nadeau. They are unable to regulate their attention. Though they may have extreme difficulty focusing, organizing, and completing certain mundane tasks, they are often able to focus intently on other activities that interest them. This tendency to become absorbed in tasks that are stimulating and rewarding is called hyperfocus.
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Have you ever experienced the hyperfocus phenomenon?
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