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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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sophie_aussie

23/Female
Australia
Posted On: August 20, 2007
one of my sisters has ADD.
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zeldagirl2

21/Female
Indian Trail, NC
Posted On: August 20, 2007
I have major ADHD, but I take medicine for it. I always feel alone, because I don't know many people with it. But, I some times like having it because I can be creative and think differently because of it.

But, so many teachers treat me wrong because of it, like it's my fault that I have it.

My ADHD also causes me to have horrible spelling and handwriting. It's really embarrassing because I'm in high school and I write and spell like a first grader.
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Smellybuzz

25/Female
Yorktown Heights, NY
Posted On: August 20, 2007
Please take this article down. It is incorrect and is giving people the wrong idea about ADD and ADHD. Thank you.
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Izzy_zy_Rocker

20/Female
Netherlands, The
Posted On: August 20, 2007
Nice article.

It's great you toom the time to explain the difference between ADD and ADHD, I always confuse 'em.

_#Izzy#_
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superhero_1

25/Female
United Kingdom
Posted On: August 20, 2007
The Nurse Dolls Is A Bit In-Appropiate For This Article.
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kutekelsey

21/Female
Athens, OH
Posted On: August 20, 2007
wow that is some serious stuff. Thanks for making me aware of these things. I know a few who are ADD, but I never knew how different it is from..other problems.
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MBranch

19/Female
Harleysville, PA
Posted On: August 20, 2007
I have the attention versoin, It is so hard for me to keep friends. Oh, I am crying now... They never seem to understand why I am so different. And now I am litarally my only friend. that I know in person I have more friends here on the doll palace than I ever had at school and that makes me so happy!!!
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Keanelover1289

21/Female
Posted On: August 20, 2007
My sister has ADHD along with learning disabilities, and she needs a lot of extra help, but she's still a (somewhat) normal person. She can do the same things everyone else can do, but she just needs a little extra help.

Great article!

Storm
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virtugirl333

22/Female
Baltimore, MD
Posted On: August 20, 2007
Thank you for showng that kids with ADD & ADHD arn't freks. Arn't crazy. They're 100% normel, just like anybdy else...
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DizzyDolls

28/Female
Pembroke Pines, FL
Posted On: August 20, 2007
Great article, pretty relevant. Not preachy at all. ADD and ADHD don't only happen in children- it can happen in adults too. It's called adult ADD. (I suppose they could call it AADD or AADHD but I can't remember all those letters...)

Anyway, I have a hard time remembering a lot of things without my medication. I'm the type who will go into a room for something specific, and completely forget what it is entirely. Happens at least two, three times a day. >_< But I'm working on it.

(Oh, and I think the title means 'breakdown' as in 'explanation' rather than the mental kind.)
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its_skiz_not_s

20/Female
Germany
Posted On: August 19, 2007
Ian Crocker and Michael Phelps have ADHD.

Swimming can REALLY help control both ADD and ADHD.
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never_more

22/Female
Arvada, CO
Posted On: August 19, 2007
yeah, my brother has add, my sister is going to get checked for it soon. i guess it runs in the family. they are both really active and can't do something for very long, my sister can't even listen to a song for more than about 10 seconds, and my brother's constant action has go him three boken arms, mostly from playing football or something, and after going to fast on his bike, about twenty stiches.
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heart_rose

19/Female
United Kingdom
Posted On: August 19, 2007
ADHD can get a bit more serious than that in some cases, which I won't mention, but great article.
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Original_scree

23/Female
Zionsville, IN
Posted On: August 18, 2007
I have ADD....I have trouble paying attention sometimes and there are times when I'm reading something or watching a movie and I just have to get up and walk around the neighborhood, and obviously I am disorganized. But I wouldn't trade what I have.

I'm a creative person and I think that's at least partly due to my having ADD. I think in ways that are different from other people and a little bit weird. My logic is hard to follow sometimes. But I can’t picture myself without ADD.

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cornelia_weasl

24/Female
Erwin, TN
Posted On: August 18, 2007
i don't have either but i don't pay attention at all hardly unless it's something i want to. however i can remember things.
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