Attention Deficit Disorder is a condition that affects both children and adults, although it is more commonly diagnosed in children. Attention Deficit Disorder, also known as "ADD" is diagnosed in individuals who have difficulty paying attention or staying focused for long periods of time. Children with ADD often have trouble concentrating in class. Some display symptoms such as high energy, restlessness, waiting until the last minute to do assignments, having trouble concentrating on and completing assignments, and disruptive behavior. Other children are calm and seem distant. Some doodle or stare out the window while class is being taught, rather than pay attention. Children with ADD often act out socially, as well.
Adults with ADD often go undiagnosed, as ADD is mainly viewed as a childhood illness. This makes it twice as difficult for adults with ADD. Most adults suffering from ADD do not realize they have the symptoms until their child is diagnosed. This diagnosis reflects their own actions and behaviors. However, there are several other adult disorders that mimic the symptoms of ADD, such as depression, anxiety disorder, manic depression, and obsessive-compulsive disorder. It is important to seek the help of a physician or a psychotherapist and be analyzed to ensure the proper diagnosis is made.
An adult with ADD may display the same behaviors and symptoms as a child with ADD. The difference between a child with ADD and an adult with ADD is that adults are better able to cope than children. An adult suffering from ADD may experience restlessness, inability to concentrate on work or other tasks, difficulty staying organized, difficulty maintaining relationships, and compulsive behavior. An adult diagnosed with attention deficiency disorder may be prescribed antidepressants to control the symptoms. If this does not work, a stimulant may be prescribed instead. Adults with ADD can control their own symptoms with a diet, exercise, and other lifestyle changes.
There are many symptoms associated with ADD. Adults and children suffering from ADD almost never display all the symptoms associated with the disorder. Some of the symptoms include short attention spans, very easily distracted, poor listening skills, tendency to be bored, tendency to be impulsive with words and actions, poor organization skills, procrastination, etc. These are only a few of the symptoms associated with ADD. Only a trained professional can make a proper diagnosis. Some adults who think they may have ADD experiment with their child's medication, and some have found it very helpful. If you think you may have some of the symptoms of ADD, consult your doctor and receive a proper diagnosis before taking anything.
There are many illnesses that can mimic the symptoms of ADD. Anxiety, allergies, seizures, a trouble home or school life can all mimic these symptoms. Once a proper diagnosis has been made, (in children, especially) a stimulant such as Ritalin or Adderall will likely be prescribed. As a last resort, some physicians prescribe the ADD medication Cylert. Due to the dangerous and even life-threatening side effects caused by this medication, most physicians will not use it unless there is no other alternative.
All medications prescribed for ADD have potentially harmful side effects. This can make for a very stressful situation for the parents of a child with ADD. It is important for the parent to learn all that they can about alternative options before resorting to prescription drugs. In some cases, lessening or even eliminating the symptoms of ADD is as easy as changing the child's diet and exercise routines.