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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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french_horn_lu

19/Female
Sappington, MO
Posted On: August 24, 2007
that stinks

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dragoneyes1719

27/Female
Ramsey, MN
Posted On: August 23, 2007
yes, please do tell.

I also happen to know that the information is correct.
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heart_rose

19/Female
United Kingdom
Posted On: August 23, 2007
SmellyBuzz:

There is nothing incorrect about it, I happen to know that for a fact. So, if you think it's all wrong, then please do tell us the correct information.
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jjjjjjjj8

21/Female
Fairfax, VA
Posted On: August 22, 2007
I have ADHD. Also I am Dyslexic (sp?). I take medicine for it and if it wasn't for the medicine I wouldn't be doing as good as I am. And when I don't take my meds my family finds we annoying and I don't always think before I say when I am not on my medicine. Also I forget things easily when not on my medicine, and I talk a lot also other things happen when I don't take my medicine. My sister has ADD and my brother has ADHD and is also Dyslexic.
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Smellybuzz

24/Female
Yorktown Heights, NY
Posted On: August 22, 2007
People! The article is incorrect. I have asked the owners of the site to take it down, but they haven't. Please do not believe it.
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dragoneyes1719

27/Female
Ramsey, MN
Posted On: August 22, 2007
I'm 20, I have ADD and I take several medications for it and I'm not ashamed to say it.

when I was little, almost all my teachers from junior first to sixth grade all complained and when my parents tried to explain to them that I had ADD they just said

'there's nothing wrong with her you just aren't paying enough attention to her.' or 'ADD? Well we've never heard of that.'

but then when I was in 6th grade a docter finally actually took the time to find out more and explain to the teachers that, yes what I have is a real condition and ignoring it won't make it go away.

so if you have ADHD or ADD don't worry, say it loud say it proud! and remember people are weird but those of us with ADHD and ADD at least can take medication for it!
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rrose642

20/Female
Itasca, TX
Posted On: August 21, 2007
Hi I Have ADHD I take a pill in the moring I ve a short spans. I lose focse easly this is the first time i told someone.
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The_Aquanator

20/Female
Japan
Posted On: August 21, 2007
i think my bro my just be hyper.....
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SUNSHINEkid_

21/Female
United Kingdom
Posted On: August 21, 2007
My brother has ADHD.

I have another disorder but not one I particularly like telling people about x.x.

But it's good this is being taken seriously, and people are being shown what its about.

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X_Hollister_Gu

23/Female
Australia
Posted On: August 21, 2007
I hate this stupid stuffs
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teddyfarahbear

26/Female
Philadelphia, PA
Posted On: August 21, 2007
I really liked your article. It was very informative. I've been diagnosed with ADD and it was great to know that not everyone says that kids with ADD are dumb or slackers or whatever.
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ilovesjb

20/Female
Chicago, IL
Posted On: August 21, 2007
my bro has that

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xSCENEqueen_

23/Female
Los Angeles, CA
Posted On: August 20, 2007
medicine. When i was younger i took it with food O.o

It Caused me 2 change in personaly when i took it I got emotional when i took it,

i hated it but,Know i learned it makes u differnt then the others, and i like being Differnt now I Have 2 posts i stop now
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xSCENEqueen_

23/Female
Los Angeles, CA
Posted On: August 20, 2007
I have ADHD..I tend not 2 stay Focus, and i tend 2 Be Hyper active,and i tend 2 talk alot, I dont take The for it medication.But I tend 2 forget alot. It has in the past made me lose alot of freinds... I was alway the Outcast thro it all,I think I have Attention and Hyperactive, I stay up Past My bedtime My Parents tend 2 get Mad O.o Though im 13...X.X
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ponylover3

21/Female
Posted On: August 20, 2007
i was surprised to find this article! i have the third type of ADHD. i also have autism and OCD (obsessive compulsive disorder) thanks TDP for letting ppl know about ADD/ADHD
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