First of all, even if ADD is over-diagnosed (which it may be), that does not mean that there are no real cases of ADD. Second, ADD is not just a childhood disorder, adults can struggle with ADD, too. Third, ADD is not caused by poor parenting, though parents of ADD children may need to learn modified parenting techniques in order to most effectively support their child. Fourth, since when does slapping a label on your child and/or needing to give them medication make a parent feel better?
Some people seem to think that even if ADD is a real disorder, it isn't a real disability, but ADD is recognized as a disability under federal law. Accommodations must be provided by employers and schools to individuals diagnosed with ADD.
Here are some facts about ADD:
- There are three different kinds of ADD: combined type, predominantly inattentive type, and predominantly hyperactive-impulsive type (sometimes called ADHD).
- It is estimated that up to 6% of people in the United States have some form of ADD.
- Half of children diagnosed with ADD will struggle with related issues into adulthood.
- A person with ADD is distractible, impulsive, and hyperactive to a degree that impacts their schooling, work, and/or social life.
- These challenges must appear before the age of seven, must last longer than six months, and must be excessive - over reaching the usual distractions of childhood and our hectic lifestyles.
- Other medical conditions may mimic ADD symptoms, so careful screening and diagnosis should be performed by a medical professional.
ADD is generally treated with a combination of medication and counseling. Stimulants such as ritalin, adderall, and concerta are used to help people with ADD focus. Counseling can help people with ADD learn better organization skills and other coping mechanisms.
To learn more about ADD, start here.