Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder

This site is designed to assist parents whose child is diagnosed with ADD or ADHD. The diagnosis of ADD or Attention Deficit Disorder is becoming more common in schools today. The diagnosis of ADHD or Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder is also among the top diagnosis children are suffering with today. ADD and ADHD are similar, with ADHD including the hyperactive problem in addition to the lack of attention. We will attempt to explain exactly what ADD and ADHD are and what options you, as a parent, have in dealing with a child who suffers with either of these problems. We will help you decide if you can best help your child in the home or if you may need a placement alternative.

Children With ADHD

Children with ADHD feel as if they ares living in a fast-moving kaleidoscope where sounds, images, and thoughts are constantly shifting; they are easily bored yet helpless to keep their mind on those tasks they need to complete. Distracted by unimportant sights and sounds, their minds drive them from one thought or activity to the next. They are so wrapped up in a collage of thoughts and images that they don't notice when someone speaks to them. For many people, this is what it's like to have Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder or ADHD.

Many times they are unable to sit still, plan ahead, finish tasks, or be fully aware of what's going on around them. To their family, classmates or co-workers, they seem to exist in a whirlwind of disorganized or frenzied activity. Unexpectedly, on some days and in some situations, they seem fine, often leading others to think the person with ADHD can actually control these behaviors. As a result, the disorder can mar the person's relationships with others in addition to disrupting their daily life, consuming energy, and diminishing much-needed self-esteem.

ADHD, once called hyper kinesis or minimal brain dysfunction, is one of the most common mental disorders among children. It affects 3 to 5 percent of all children, perhaps as many as 2 million American children. Two to three times more boys than girls are affected. On the average, at least one child in every classroom in the United States needs help for the disorder. ADHD often continues into adolescence and adulthood, and can cause a lifetime of frustrated dreams and emotional pain unless caught early.

But there is help...and hope. In the last decade, scientists have learned much about the course of the disorder and are now able to identify and treat children, adolescents, and adults who have it. A variety of medications, behavior-changing therapies, and educational options are already available to help people with ADHD to focus their attention, build self-esteem, and function in new ways.