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What is Hyperfocus?

By July 13, 2010

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Ever find yourself wondering why your child can focus on computer games for hours at a time, but can't concentrate long enough to get through homework? Or why your spouse can sit at the piano and play music intensely focused for hours, but can't maintain concentration when you are talking about home repair projects?

Many people think of ADHD as simply an inability to focus and be attentive. The term attention deficit is a bit misleading. Individuals with ADHD actually have trouble regulating their attention. There may be some things, especially activities that are stimulating and interesting, that they are able to focus intently on and in fact have great difficulty shifting their attention away from.

This tendency to become absorbed in tasks that are stimulating and rewarding is called hyperfocus.

Learn more about what hyperfocus is and how to put it to good use

Additional Reading:
Symptoms of ADHD
Types of ADHD
Understanding ADHD in Girls
Adult ADHD
Hyperactivity in Adults with ADHD v. Children

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Comments
July 19, 2010 at 3:25 pm
(1) Rakel, O says:

Thank you for a very important clarification. There seems to be so many misunderstandings about children with ADHD and ADD. I guess one of the most common that they are lazy and/that they can when they want to…

The truth is they can’t sustain and regulate attention over time. That probably canít be said enough

July 20, 2010 at 11:35 am
(2) Keath Low says:

Hi Rakel,
Thanks for your positive words. You may also be interested in this article:
Unfairly Labeled as Lazy? I agree with you that it is so important to correct these hurtful misperceptions.

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