Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD)

This involves a persistent pattern of inattention and/or hyperactivity to a greater degree than expected developmentally. Such symptoms must have been present prior to age seven, impairment from the symptoms must be present in at least two settings, and there must be clear evidence of interference with developmentally appropriate social, academic (education), and /or occupational functioning.

While many claim to be able to diagnose ADD / ADHD, appropriate diagnostic procedure involve at least all of the following and does not simply involve response to medication:

  • Complete history (including developmental, school, occupational and social)

  • Direct Observations

  • Psychometric Assessment

  • Clinical Interview

Readings:

Attention Deficit Disorders with/without Hyperactivity
Attention Deficit Disorder with/without Hyperactivity (ADD/ADHD) is a common disorder which affects anywhere from 5 to 15 percent of the population (depending on which study is cited and how the testing was conducted).

Attention Deficit Disorders
Children experiencing ADD commonly present with difficulty in one or more of four broad areas: Inattention & Distractibility; Over arousal; Impulsivity; Difficulty delaying gratification.

Attention Deficit Disorders
A slide show by Dr. Gavin Reid - University of Edinburgh

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ADD/ADHD and Effective Parenting
A talk given for Parents by Dr. Sam Goldstein at the European Conference on ADHD - Oxford - 8th April 1997.

16 Tips for ADD/ADHD Procrastinators
By Bob Seay - ADD Professional - Understand why you are procrastinating and over come it.

ADD/ADHD/Dyslexia - 101 Tips for Teachers / Parents
These tips, are tried and true methods for reaching children with ADD/ADHD/Dyslexia.

Links:

ADD ADHD Help Center Website: http://www.add-adhd-help-center.com/
This web site consolidates Attention Deficit Disorder information and provides information about the highest quality nutritional supplement on the market today for the symptoms of Attention Deficit Disorder.

ADD Awareness Website: http://www.geocities.com/HotSprings/Spa/1029/
"The ultimate ADHD / ADD website. One of the most websites on the internet about Attention Deficit [Hyperactivit] Disorder".

ADHDNews.Com Website: http://www.adhdnews.com/
Information from Medical professionals, media sources, and other individuals who have valuable information regarding ADHD, co-existing conditions and Special Education.

Attention Deficit Disorder Website: http://www.addhelp.com/home.html
Solutions for teachers and parents of ADD / ADHD Kids.

Diagnosis ADD ADHD Now What? Website: http://www.addchoices.com
To assist parents and teachers devise a plan of action after ADD / ADHD diagnosis.

The Attention Deficit Information Network, Inc. Website: http://www.addinfonetwork.com/
The Attention Deficit Information Network, Inc. is a non profit volunteer organisation. They offer support and information to families of children with ADD, adults with ADD and professionals through a network of AD-IN chapters.

The Gift of ADHD Website: http://www.mythical.net/home-add.shtml
The ADHD Home page of Thom Hartmann's ADD/ADHD website. A growing resource for parents and health professionals.