Attention Deficit Hypoactivity Disorder (ADHD)

ADHD is a neurological deficiency, in the frontal lobe section of the brain. True ADHD is a hereditary condition in chromosome 2, the amount of cracks in the gene, will determine the severity of the disorder but can also be caused by an accident, severe knocks to the head (while growing) and with time, may heal the neurons, so they contact again and function as normal.

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:

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

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

Brief Introduction to ADHD
We know that ADHD is a real neurological disorder, that is caused by a chemical imbalance in the brain. Through PET scans, we are able to observe that people with ADHD have a lowered level of brain activity in parts of the brain.

New Zealand Guidelines for the Assessment and Treatment of Attention-Deficit/ Hyperactivity Disorder
Published by the Ministry of Health these New Zealand Guidelines for the Assessment and Treatment of Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder address the issue of ADHD in children and young people aged between 5 and 13 years.

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

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.

What is ADHD?
Overview of ADHD

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".

ADDA: Attention Deficit Disorder Association Website: http://www.add.org/index.html
ADDA's mission is to help people with AD/HD lead happier, more successful lives through education, research, and public advocacy. Whether you have AD/HD yourself, someone special in your life does, or you treat, counsel, or teach those who do, ADDA is an organisation for you.

ADHDezine.com Website: http://www.angelfire.com/biz2/makemoneynet/sitemap.html
ADHD and ADD ezines back copies for ADHD and ADD research, books, articles, information and health tips that may help you piece together your personal or your childs jigsaw.

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.

adders.org Website: http://www.adders.org
UK site with lots of information

Andrew Levine's ADHD Coaching Website: http://www.wsmcafe.com/new_users/1/1/11051631tsp/index.html
"I provide a unique empathetic approach to helping children, teens, and adults cope with the symptoms that are pertinent to their case of ADHD."

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

Behavioural Neurotherapy Clinic (Australia): http://www.adhd.com.au/

CHADD: Children and Adults with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder Website: http://www.chadd.org/
Children and Adults with Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (CHADD) is a national non-profit organization founded in 1987 in response to the frustration and sense of isolation experienced by parents and their children with AD/HD.

Connecting the Dots Website: http://www.geocities.com/connectingthedots_2002/
The purpose of this site is to bring to a singular location a comprehensive resource of information on autism, Asperger syndrome and ADHD.

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

MK A.D.H.D. Family Support Group: http://www.mk-adhd.org.uk
MK ADHD is a fully constituted family support group. The Charity's objectives are to advance public education about the condition of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder and to provide advice, information and support to persons and their relatives who have or suspect the have ADD/ADHD or associated Co-mobids disorder.

National Institute of Mental Health Website: http://www.nimh.nih.gov/publicat/adhdbrain.cfm
Brain scan images produced by positron emision tomography (PET) show differences between an adult with Attention deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) (right) and an adult free of the disease (left).

New Zealand's ADHD Online Support Group Website: http://www.adhd.org.nz
Here at ADHD.org.nz we hope to try and answer many of the questions that arise with ADHD.