What Is ADD/ADHD?
Contrary to many people’s belief, attention deficit disorder or ADHD/ADD is not the results of “bad parenting” or that you or your child simply has problems controlling attitude, and people that would suggest such a notion are downright wrong!Attention Deficit (and its many forms: ADD/ADHD/LD) is a dysfunction of the Central Nervous System (CNS), most specifically the Reticular Activating System, which results in difficulties of maintaining attention and concentration, learning and memory, as well as involving an inability to process and sort out incoming information or stimulus from both an individual’s inner (subjective) and outer (objective) worlds.
In most cases ADHD or ADD is seen in children in adolescence and earlier. In most cases it is out grown.
The following are some signs to look for:
Hyperactivity, fidgeting, squirming in seat, or moving constantly, wandering, may leave the seat in the classroom when expected to stay, has trouble participating in “quiet” activities such as reading, talks excessively or is impulsive (may blurt out answers before questions have been completed), has difficulty awaiting turn, interrupts others, has problems sleeping, is not able to delay gratification, can be social outcasts or loners (possible inability to play in groups, but may perform in one-on-one situation), has apparent disregard for own safety, behavior not usually modified by reward or punishment, may have other specific learning disabilities, and failure to meet normal intellectual developmental milestones.