A Little Information on ADHD/ADD


First of all, being ADHD does not mean that a person is "disabled". Being ADHD means that you have a persistent pattern of impulsiveness and inattention. It is a "neurobehavioral developmental disorder", and effects mostly children, boys more-so than girls. As the child grows older, and more mature, they learn to either deal with it in their own way, or they conquer it, using "focus techniques". In some cases, ADHD can continue into adulthood, causing a "lack of attention", and/or hyperactivity.

Just as a warning, if you suspect your child is ADHD, there ARE other conditions that it could be. To determine if a child is ADHD, a doctor will give you three forms (all the same)... one for you to fill out, and two for the school your child attends, which the teacher, and guidance counselor will fill out. The questions on this form determine if your child is ADHD??? What if your child is just having a hard time copeing with life? The child will act in similar ways as a child with ADHD, so before filling the child with medications, (which could really be harmful, if not needed) consider other options first.

My reason for this, is my son was diagnosed as being ADD (without being hyperactive). His attention span was short, he "fidgeted" a lot, his grades were drastically dropping, and he was irratated easily. His teacher at school asked me if I ever had him "tested" for ADHD... (No... why would I?) So, I was forced to bring him to the doctors, where I got these "forms", I did what I had to do, and his doctor made out a prescription for "Ritalin", and sleeping pills, and sent us on our way. Well, my son became sluggish and lazy with this medicine, he gained 12 pounds in two months, and guess what? He was still acting the same way... So, the doctor raised the milligrams, and we tried again... Let me remind you, you must give the meds time to work, so for days, my son was tired, emotional, moody, and yet, STILL the same... The doctor tried three different meds on him before I said "Enough is enough" and I took him off the meds myself. I refused to sit back and watch my son fall into a deeper depression than what he was already in.

Focus is a big factor here... And there are non-medicinal techniques you can try. First, find something your child is really interested in... (hobbies, drawing, playing board games, reading,) WRITING, actually was the ice-breaker for my son. I would have him sit at the kitchen table with me, and write something. I would write a sentence, and he would have to write the next one, and so-on and so-forth. Also, writing down a "pattern" of some sort... (XOXOXOXOXO) or whichever pattern suits your child. Squares and circles, hearts and flowers, WHATEVER! Have your child sit and concentrate on writing the pattern... Repeatedly! It "trains" the brain to focus on something besides all the ruckus spinning around in their little heads. I did this everyday with my son... For weeks! He got tired of it after a while, but it's the whole "FOCUS" thing that helps them. He is now almost 14, and he has no problems what-so-ever with concentrating or focusing on what's most important.

I hope this helps you out a bit. If you want more information on ADHD, there are many sites online that offer great techniques for this sort of problem. One other thing, be patient with your child, and he (or she) will develop just fine. They will adhere to a "coping mechanism" of their own as they get older, and will eventually learn to over-come this personal battle within themselves.

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MamaDragonfly2677 8 years ago from New York Author

dork- these really did help my son... He hated doing it, but he's better now! Patterns- like: circle, square, triangle... over and over to the end of the paper... Or writing a paragraph from a magazine, three times! Writing in a different alphebet helps TREMENDOUSLY! (say like "Seax-Wica Runes") This is because you do not use this writing everyday, so you must CONCENTRATE on writing!

Pam- it could be as simple as a slight touch of depression... Or family problems... Your right... ALWAYS get at least one second opinion!

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Pam Roberson 8 years ago from Virginia

Very nice hub mamma. :)

You mention that there could be other conditions that cause similar symptoms, and I hope that people take special notice of that. Asperger's Syndrome is a big one. Many children get misdiagnosed with ADD when they have Asperger's.

The only thing I would add is that teachers and guidance counselors can often be very hasty and far too quick to fill in those forms with the right keywords to have a child diagnosed with ADD. Perhaps it makes their job easier, I really don't know, but I've seen it happen. So if there's any question in a parent's mind, then I would suggest having a child evaluated by as many professionals(like psychologists and not just a pediatrician and teachers) as it takes to get a correct diagnosis.

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imadork 8 years ago from St. Peters, MO

Practice makes perfect.

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goldentoad 8 years ago from Free and running....

In some "exercises" dork, you seem to have perfect concentration. Remember the aye-aye. I mean aye.

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imadork 8 years ago from St. Peters, MO

I actually have ADD....at least I was recently diagnosed with ADD.  I've had problems concentrating since I was a teen.  I always thought I was a moron.  I did poorly in middle and high school and throughout adulthood I continually made impulsive decisions that negatively effected my life. 

Now I am currently being treated for ADD.  I will try some of your suggested exercises to help me with my concentration.  Thank you.

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MamaDragonfly2677 8 years ago from New York Author

Thanks Londongirl. I'll go do that right now... :)

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LondonGirl 8 years ago from London

Brilliant hub, and I agree, ADHD is massively over-diagnosed and over-medicated.

One thing - hope it helps. I'd consider changing the title of your hub, which is incomplete. I guess you were answering a request? When you do that, you don't have to stick with exactly the same title.

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MamaDragonfly2677 8 years ago from New York Author

Great! Your hubs are awesome!

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Tatjana-Mihaela 8 years ago from Zadar, CROATIA

Native remedies have good natural remedies for these problems. Will write a Hub about it soon.

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MamaDragonfly2677 8 years ago from New York Author

Thanks tatjana. My son has learned to over come this to much extent. I have to admit, he hated the writing thing, but I believe it helped him learn to focus. I'll still take your reccomendations though, so I can maybe help someone else,s child 'get off the meds'... I hate the meds- and am completely against them, as I know there are other "patient" and natural ways to go about dealing with ADHD.

Always pure love.

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Tatjana-Mihaela 8 years ago from Zadar, CROATIA

Great Hub. I cannot agree more with you that ADHD is NOT illness. Proper diet can help and there are great natural remedies ...homeopatics and herbal which do not make people sluggish... I will recommend you them if you are interested...

For some time I am planning to write the Hub about it...

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