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(August 17, 2007 by JeZz Send DollMail )
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If we listen to the news or take a headcount in our classes, it seems ADHD is sweeping the nation. Now, ADHD is different than ADD, but they come under the same umbrella. Both are actual diseases that affect the way the brain functions.

ADHD is “attention deficient hyperactive disorder.” ADD is simply “attention deficient disorder.” In a given school, it seems a huge number of kids have been diagnosed with ADD or ADHD, and many more suspect they have the disorder. But do they?

The Facts

Only 3-5% of the population under twenty is affected by ADHD or ADD. That means that maybe one person in a classroom of twenty-five will have ADD or ADHD. And those individuals do have a real disease that can affect their life in a serious way.

ADD and ADHD are different animals. Both are caused by the brain working in a different way than is considered “normal.” (But what is normal, really?)

Speaking very generally, kids with inattention ADD can pay attention to things, but can’t maintain it. Their minds wander off no matter how hard they try. These kids forget details and have trouble staying focused, even when you’re talking right to them. This is also the kid that is always distracted, disorganized and can’t seem to finish anything no matter how much they mean to get it done.

On the other hand, kids with hyperactive-impulsive ADHD can’t stay in their seat, are constantly twitching and on the go. They run or climb whether or not they are allowed to and can’t seem to make themselves stop. They blurt out answers or interrupt you when you’re trying to ask a question or talk. These kids might talk a lot.

Now, these descriptions and symptoms are just that – symptoms. Like individuals, no two cases of ADD or ADHD are the same and they can affect people very differently. You don’t have ADD just because you can’t sit still for an hour long lecture. Kids are supposed to have energy, and being loud and running around are also typical kid and teen behavior. Only a doctor can actually diagnose ADD or ADHD.

The Speculation

There are lots of ongoing research projects with ADD or ADHD, but very little conclusive evidence other than the actual symptoms, diagnosis and treatment of the disease. Some scientists and researchers feel like ADD or ADHD is over diagnosed. This means that a lot of kids are told they have ADD or ADHD and even given drugs to control it when they might not.

Every kid is different and these researchers feel that some kids might just have more energy than others. Other doctors and scientists feel that our current lifestyle has a lot to do with false ADD or ADHD diagnoses. In short, some kids actually have ADD or ADHD, others might just be told they do because they show a couple of the symptoms – only a specialist can tell.

False Identification

Some researchers and scientists think that kids are told they have ADD when they do not. Instead, those kids are just reacting to our modern lifestyle.

We play a lot of video games, are on the computer a lot and watch movies that have fast action. We want things now, and are used to high energy, fast thoughts, rapid movement and changing sights. This is something that has just started in recent generations.

For lots of kids, teachers are the first to point out to parents that there might be a problem with attention or too much energy. Unfortunately, to a lot of old fashioned teachers wanting to move and talk constantly seem wrong. It’s also obviously wrong (to these old teachers at least) to not be able to focus on what the teacher is saying or not finish your math homework.

That’s not to say some kids don’t really have ADD or ADHD – they do. Those with ADD have a serious brain condition. The rest of us are just bored with the lectures and worksheets that are supposed to help us learn. I’m just saying that to at least a few researchers and a lot of kids, movement, talking and wanting the teacher to entertain us rather than preach to us is not abnormal – it’s becoming the NEW normal. Some teachers, parents and maybe even doctors just need to catch up to the rest of us.


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jlove929

105/Female
Morrow, OH
Posted On: July 19, 2009
I have adhd.
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Smellybuzz

25/Female
Yorktown Heights, NY
Posted On: July 4, 2008
To BoyLuver231, I was talking about the article in its original form before it was corrected.
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Smellybuzz

25/Female
Yorktown Heights, NY
Posted On: July 4, 2008
Thank you so much for revising the article. It’s great, I sure it will really help people understand more about the condition.
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SerenaMasked13

22/Female
Downers Grove, IL
Posted On: January 4, 2008
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Skragelliea

20/Male
Clovis, CA
Posted On: September 3, 2007
A boy in my class has ADD,ADHD, and Depression.

He likes to terrorize fish. XD
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x_darkest_days

20/Female
United Kingdom
Posted On: September 1, 2007
My Brother Has ADHD.
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Lover51

107/Female
Beverly Hills, CA
Posted On: August 30, 2007
Oh yeah, major example of lack of attention span. I see a wall. I stare at the wall... I walk into the wall. Then it registers on my brain. lol. Same with poles and doors and anything that can't move out of my way

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Lover51

107/Female
Beverly Hills, CA
Posted On: August 30, 2007
I have ADHD also. I know I really have it because before I got my medicene I was getting C's no matter how hard I tried. It was kinda funny actually because I'd be reading the question and working it out at the same time as daydreaming and it would seem easy. Then the teacher would hand me a C... Oops. I can't stay organized if I tried. Like two days ago I swore to myself I wouldn't loose this packet my teacher handed to me... Less than an hour later it was gone. I think that a record for me. ADHD is really annoying some times but you guys don't let it get up down. I'm a great writer with a great imagination, given to me by ADHD. We can be more creative than a lot of people (not saying people without it can't be creative to). Sure I can't hold a stead fast conversation for a long time but I get over that and my friends have to.ADHD can be a good thing.I bet a lot of you like to write or imagining things or creating things.Play to your strengths and don't let ADHD get you down.I haven't
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Smellybuzz

25/Female
Yorktown Heights, NY
Posted On: August 28, 2007
Please don't read this article. It is incorrect.
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Hollimer

23/Female
Torrance, CA
Posted On: August 27, 2007
i have ADD. it sucks. my friend takes medication 4 it.
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XxPlayGirlBunn

20/Female
United Kingdom
Posted On: August 27, 2007
A boy in my class has ADHD and is destracted alot, and as the article said he cant ever finish his work. I mean NEVER. But the teachers treat him the same as any other kid and I think thats just wrong, and it makes me angry...
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kelseiroxx

20/Female
Spain
Posted On: August 26, 2007
My brother has it but hes ok so far and hes getting better though not completely cured. Hes about to go into primary school which is a problem as in pre-school the teachers pay more attention to him and there is less or no work to do where you really would need a long attention spain im not sure which one he has but i'm pretty sure its ADHD as he is very hyperactive. He also has a condition which means that he is not scared of anything as in he jumped straight into the deep end of the pool though hes the strongest swimmer (I was with him though) and we have to be by his side constantly as this means that as he has no sense of danger he would never realise that he could die in doing he would just go on until he'd realise and by then its too late. Its really sad but he'll be ok hopefully.
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dRaMa_QuEeN_51

20/Female
Posted On: August 25, 2007
one day my latin teacher told us she has ADHD and then next period my student english teacher told us she has ADD. they had no idea that happened and we all cracked up the second time around. we told them and they cracked up too!
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pumpkinlover1

22/Female
United States Minor Outlying Islands
Posted On: August 25, 2007
i have like anti-ADHD i can sit for long periods of time and i dont have to move but it gets boring after awhile so its not much help
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Mrs_11

21/Female
Jacksonville, FL
Posted On: August 24, 2007
I NEVER KNEW THERE WAS SUMTHIN CALLED ADHD
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