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Mind Control: How to Focus and Pay Attention

What If It's ADD?

There is a difference between just having difficulty staying on task and having Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD). "People with ADD have problems interrupting people or staying seated, during meetings, for example, or at the movies, and they often act impulsively," says Stephanie Sarkis, Ph.D., author of 10 Simple Solutions to Adult ADD (New Harbinger Publications). "They tend to be very disorganized, and there's a general restlessness that affects all areas of life, including work, home, and relationships. Their symptoms often trigger anxiety or depression." That's when it's time to see a professional, who may suggest comprehensive testing and medication. There are also ADD coaches. Check out And, with an estimated 4.1 million American adults with the condition, there are lots of support groups, like Children and Adults with Attention Deficit and Hyperactivity. Go to to find a local chapter. For more info and leads on resources, go to Sarkis also says many of the tips in this article may help those with ADD.

Originally published in the May 2010 issue of Family Circle magazine.

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