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Answers to The Most Frequently Asked Questions About ADD and ADHD

Aug 17, 2007
ADD and ADHD is a disorder within the prefrontal cortex. It is believed that the brain wiring differs from other people. Many people view ADD as both a gift and a disorder, having a direct effect on all human functions. However, it mainly affects the executing, planning, and organizations areas of the brain.

What many people tend to focus on when a person has ADHD, is the fact that the patient will have an extremely short span of attention, not having the ability to remain focus on any one thing for a lengthy amount of time. People suffering from ADD are easily distracted and their minds drift and wander quite easily. However, their attention span is lengthier when confronted with something upsetting, interesting, stimulating, or new. The reason being the patient is able to use the concentration area of the brain, thanks to the stimulation provided by these events.

Essentially, activities that are not stimulating will not be able to hold the attention of a person with ADD. Some examples of such things include paperwork, homework, and chores.

What is the difference between ADD and ADHD?

Because ADD (attention Deficit Disorder) is extremely complex and hard to understand it is in general, misunderstood by most people. While the disorder is mostly psychological, there are a great many other affects that come with it as well. ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactive Disorder) and ADD are two very different, yet similar, disorders. ADHD is the most commonly diagnosed disorder, carrying symptoms of highly visible impulsivity or hyperactivity, or even both.

ADD is harder to diagnose, because there are no very visible symptoms of the disorder, its main symptom is the lack of attention in the patient. The most typical thought when it comes to ADD, is that of a small child that is extremely hyperactive. Which is the picture of ADHD, which is more visible, because it creates a good deal of problems and distractions within a class, gaining more attention than ADD. ADD may be less visible than ADHD, but it is just as hard and destructive as its counterpart is.

When a person has ADD, the sufferer will have periods of disorganization and seem spacey. To an outsider it will seem that the sufferer is not all together in the room, or their minds are elsewhere, staring out a window or something. It is extremely hard to diagnose ADD, because of its lack of visible symptoms, meaning that the patient can go on with life, having the disorder and not even know it.

What about Adult Attention Deficit Disorder?

When a child has ADHD, boy or girl, it has been discovered that they generally do not 'grow out' of the disorder as they reach the age of adulthood. However, the hyperactivity may cease to exist; the other symptoms will still remain. As the child reaches adulthood, the hyperactivity is generally transformed into impulsivity.

Research conducted by Harris Interactive Surveys, found that of adults that have been diagnosed with ADHD, 92% of those who did not find out about the disorder until after they turned 18 years of age, wish their diagnosis had come sooner. The same group talked to teachers and found that 90% believed that late diagnosis of the disorder had a direct affect on social and academic development.
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