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Inattention and Hyperactivity: Is It Developmentally Appropriate or ADHD?

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As summer break rolls to a close and kids prepare to go back to school, Dr. Michael Bordieri and Tracy Ross discuss attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder on Sounds Good.


Bordieri says everyone has trouble with attention, especially young children who are in the process of developing their attention and self control skills. But when inattention and hyperactivity consistently interrupt activities every day and in every setting, ADHD could be at play. Typically, Bordieri says, ADHD is diagnosed between the ages of 6 and 12 when it is possible to begin differentiating between developmentally appropriate behaviors and flags of ADHD.

To determine a diagnosis, it is important that children undergo a comprehensive assessment with a trained psychologist. Bordieri says unlike other childhood diagnoses which rely on observations from teachers and family, there are many powerful tests used to assess children who may have ADHD. A signature of ADHD in children is that they have an average ability to understand the world around them and solve problems but struggle with short term memory and working on tasks quickly.


Kids diagnosed with ADHD could suffer from a combination of inattention and hyperactivity or could struggle with just one side of the spectrum. Bordieri says it is easy to notice hyperactivity but more difficult to find the children who are suffering quietly from inattention or depression. He says the mental health field is getting better at finding children suffering from difficult to notice issues. Bordieri adds that symptoms often improve or disappear with proper support and treatment.  

Tracy started working for WKMS in 1994 while attending Murray State University. After receiving his Bachelors and Masters degrees from MSU he was hired as Operations/Web/Sports Director in 2000. Tracy hosted All Things Considered from 2004-2012 and has served as host/producer of several music shows including Cafe Jazz, and Jazz Horizons. In 2001, Tracy revived Beyond The Edge, a legacy alternative music program that had been on hiatus for several years. Tracy was named Program Director in 2011 and created the midday music and conversation program Sounds Good in 2012 which he hosts Monday-Thursday. Tracy lives in Murray with his wife, son and daughter.
A proud native of Murray, Kentucky, Allison grew up roaming the forests of western Kentucky and visiting national parks across the country. She graduated in 2014 from Murray State University where she studied Environmental Sustainability, Television Production, and Spanish. She loves meeting new people, questioning everything, and dancing through the sun and the rain. She hopes to make a positive impact in this world several endeavors at a time.
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