It may be that individuals with ADD come into the world with a greater number of these temperamental extremes.
However, it is also possible that these behaviors seem to be more common in individuals with ADD because their attentional differences interfere with their awareness of and ability to control these built-in personality characteristics.
That is, it may be that extremes in temperament such as high activity level, high intensity, low threshold, negative mood, slow adaptability, and short persistence occur just as frequently in the non-ADD populations as in the ADD population.
In order to exert control over these temperamental characteristics, an individual must be aware of his extremes, monitor his behavior, and develop effective ways to keep his extremes in check. As this requires efficient monitoring, problem-solving, vigilance, and impulse control, it is likely that individuals with ADD will struggle with their temperament more frequently and as a consequence, demonstrate these characteristics more often.
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Our current blog series is excerpted from Dr. Liden’s best-selling book, Pay Attention!: Answers to Common Questions About the Diagnosis and Treatment of Attention Deficit Disorder.