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ADD In Grown Ups

Mar 27, 2008
ADD also called ADHD or Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, (now just known as Attention Deficit Disorder) is a condition that has been commonly associated with children. Recent studies have revealed that the condition is also as widely prevalent in adults as it is in children. What are the characteristics of ADD, how does it start and how can it be eradicated? This and other issues are what we will discuss in this article.

What are the characteristics of ADD?
As in children, adults afflicted with ADD have a problem completing what they have started. ADD symptoms include hyperactivity and a general restlessness. Sufferers can be seen attempting a myriad of activities and not completing any of them. Quick motions also characterize them as they try to move from one task to another. ADD sufferers end up being very exhausted because of attempting a variety of tasks at the same time and having the general notion that they will successfully complete them.

People who have ADD are generally not very good listeners and have trouble patiently listening to things like seminars, and lectures. They also have a hard time concentrating when reading books or watching educational shows. Interestingly, sluggishness, daydreaming and drowsiness may also characterize ADD adults. Some people with the condition display general carelessness, make mistakes, and are inattentive when spoken to. They also have trouble following instructions, are disorganized and habitually lose things.

How does ADD start?
For adults with ADD, the condition is usually present by the age of seven and is caused by a dysfunction in the frontal brain matter that deals with judgment, problem solving, impulse control and critical thinking. This leads to the individual developing a very short attention span. The exact cause of ADD is still a mystery, but doctors have been able not only to isolate the part of the brain that causes ADD, but they have successfully characterized it into two groups: hyperactivity and inattentiveness.

Is there a cure?
Can ADD be eradicated if its cause is still unknown? A leading physician, Dr. Daniel Amen is a leading figure in the study of ADD and has conducted extensive studies.
Dr. Amen has conducted numerous tests on ADD, and has developed several paths of treatment. He suggests a combination of a high protein diet and coordinated aerobic exercises. Drugs such as Ritalin and L-Tyrosine are often used to treat ADD. It is also not uncommon for anti-depressants to be included.

Coping with ADD
Adults suffering from ADD can be useful members of society and depending on the severity of the condition most pass as perfectly normal. Cases of carelessness or drowsiness can easily be explained, as being "tired" and the person suffering from ADD may not even know he or she has the condition. The best way to know is to gauge one's behavior and measure it against acceptable norms. If one suspects they may have ADD, then it is recommended to seek the opinion of a doctor.
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