March 2, 2014
How does Attention Deficit Disorder/Attention Deficit Hyperactive Disorder affect People? Each year hundreds of thousands of people are diagnosed with Attention Deficit Disorder/ Attention Deficit Hyperactive Disorder (ADD/ADHD). “People with ADD often have poor concentration, hyperactivity, and impulsivity (Schwartz Casey New York Daily)”. It is a fairly common neurological issue that for years has been recognized as a learning disability. If you’re born with it or acquire it during your lifetime, you are stuck with it for life. “Once a person is diagnosed with ADD/ADHD they will not outgrow it (Casey)”. However it is likely they will discover some useful coping strategies to make living with ADD/ADHD easier. ADD/ADHD is attended by mood fluctuations, which coincide with periods of intense productivity, contrasted by periods of apathy or inertia. A person who truly has ADD/ADHD finds it difficult, if not impossible, to focus and sustain attention on activities that don’t interest them. Conversely, if a person with ADD/ADHD is very interested in something, he or she has great difficulty shifting attention away from the interest and onto something else. This is referred to as "hyper-focusing." Aside from these challenges, there are a number of positive aspects associated with ADD/ADHD. Many people with ADD/ADHD feel as if they are different from the rest of world. According to studies that theory is correct. People with ADD/ADHD are different they have their own rhythm or pacing when it comes to getting things done. People with ADD/ADHD may get various tasks accomplished and do them well but this is according to your tempo, and they're more easily managed when the “pressure’s on” or during periods when you're feeling more up or empowered. There are times you’ll feel productive, focused and on top of your game but at other times, it's just the opposite. People with ADD/ADHD often times struggle with having an inconsistent mood which is sometimes associated with bipolar disorder. Many children who are diagnosed with ADD/ADHD have problems arise at school or with their parent. When one is stuck in a concrete level of development and the other has accomplished abstract thinking. Often, the child has surpassed the parent's capacity in this regard, and it leads to a lot of frustration in the relationship. Most problems that arise at school are easily taken care of. “Lack of concentration and or hyperactivity can get in the way of learning but schools have learned various ways to accommodate students with ADD/ADHD and helping them reach their full potential (Kendra, Jen L. "Sick and Famous People)”. Some children and even some adults with ADD chose to see a therapist to help understand their way of thinking. How is ADD/ADHD diagnosed? There is no simple test to diagnose ADD/ADHD. It is much easier to detect ADD/ADHD in a child because often times the child's teacher or doctor will suspect it. “Children diagnosed with ADD/ADHD are often times referred to a specialist who will be able to confirm the diagnosis by doing an assessment, and start treatment (Cobertoson, Becky L. "Trusted Medical Information and Support)”. As for adults ADD/ADHD is still extremely common but most adults must discover their ADD/ADHD on their own. Once an adult is professionally diagnosed they go through the same procedures that a child goes through for treating ADD/ADHD. Everyone diagnosed with ADD/ADHD must complete an assessment which may involve a discussion with the patient as well as a physical examination. The specialist may ask for a report from a child’s school and may even want to observe your child doing certain tasks. “For adults a specialist will require a referral from their doctor (Cobertoson, Becky L. Trusted Medical Information and Support)”. There a many different treatments recommended depending on how severe the ADD/ADHD. Ideally, treatment should involve a team...
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