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Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD)- Also known as ADHD, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder can overlap with other physical and psychological disorders.   Three groups: the predominantly hyperactive-impulsive type; the predominantly inattentive type; and the combined type.  It usually appears in childhood, but can be diagnosed in adults.

ADD is difficult for everyone involved to deal with.  As well as the difficulty of living with the symptoms, wider society may face challenges.  Some experts have linked ADD with an increased risk of accidents, drug abuse, failure in school, antisocial behavior and criminal activity.  But others view ADD in a positive light, arguing that it is simply a different method of learning involving greater risk-taking and creativity.

Understanding ADD-

1. An estimated 3 to 5 percent of children are affected.

2. It is among the most common mental disorders among children.

3. It is about 3 times more common among boys than girls.

4. The symptoms do not always go away - up to 60% of child patients retain their symptoms into adulthood.  Many adults with ADD have never been diagnosed, so may not be aware they have the disorder.  They may have been wrongly diagnosed with depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, or a learning disability.

5.  ADD has been identified in every nation and culture that has been studied.

No one is sure what causes ADD.  Many practitioners believe neurobiological or genetic elements play a role.  In addition, numerous social factors such as family conflict or poo child-rearing practices, while not causing the condition, may complicate the course of ADD and its treatment.

ADD is often accompanied by:

1. Anxiety

2. Learning disabilities

3. Speech or hearing problems

4. Obsessive-compulsive disorder

5. Tics

6. Behavioral problems such as oppositional defiant disorder or conduct disorder.

The main features of attention deficit disorder are inattention, hyperactivity, and impulsivity.  An impulsive type may be labeled as a discipline problem.  A passive type may be described as unmotivated.  The observable symptoms of ADD will vary a great deal depending on the situation and the specific demands made on each person.

 

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