Attention Deficit Disorder

What is attention deficit disorder? Attention deficit disorder, commonly referred to as ADD or ADHD, is a condition that appears in early childhood that makes it difficult for children to manage multiple tasks, especially complex ones that require planning, organization and focus. This condition often makes it difficult for children to inhibit their spontaneous responses.

According to the National Institute of Health, ADD affects between 3-5% of the United States.

What are some of the characteristics of ADD/ADHD? The three primary characteristics of ADD/ADHD are hyperactivity, inattention and impulsivity. The symptoms vary for each individual.

Some children with the condition may be inattentive, but not hyperactive or impulsive.  Some kids may be inattentive, hyperactive and impulsive (the most common form) and others may be hyperactive and impulsive, but able to pay attention.

As noted by (, while many children have challenges, they also have strengths including:

  • Great imaginations and creativity
  • Flexibility and openness to different ideas
  • Spontaneity and enthusiasm for diverse interests
  • Highly motivated to succeed

Will kids eventually grow out of this condition? This condition often continues into adulthood. Proper help and treatment in early stages can help your child learn how to manage and work with his challenges.

Are all kids with ADD/ADHD hyperactive? No. Some children are hyperactive, while others with attention challenges are not. Children with this condition who are inattentive, but not overly active, may even appear spacey and unmotivated.

Is medication the best treatment? While medication is often prescribed for ADD, it might not be the best solution for your child. The most effective treatment for ADD/ADHD includes education, behavior therapy, family support, support from educators, exercise and proper nutrition.

If you are seeking help reach out to the Attention Deficit Disorder Association (ADDA), a non-profit organization dedicated to working with individuals with ADD and their families at or toll-free at 1 800 939-1019.

A helpful list of groups and organizations supporting ADD/ADHD individuals include:

  • Attention Deficit Disorder Association (ADDA) for adults  1 800 939-1019.
  • Children and Adults with Attention Deficit Disorder (CHADD) call 1 800 233-4050,, a membership organization that hosts support groups.
  • National Resource Center on ADHD (, a clearinghouse for evidence-based information on ADD/ADLearning Disabilities Association of America, call 1 412-341-1515 or visit