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Attention Deficit Disorder, or Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (AD(H)D) has been a topic of much concern in recent  years, particularly as more and more children have been diagnosed with this disorder. And this is not something that is outgrown with age, which people used to believe. There are a lot of adults, both male and female, with AD(H)D who haveusually (but not always) learned various coping skills that help them live productive lives.

Based on what I have observed, I believe that this condition can be inappropriately diagnosed. In children, AD(H)D, depression, bipolar, victims of abuse, and very bright but bored children can have similar symptoms, so parents need to have a thorough evaluation. Generally, this is done by using the Connors Scale diagnostic tool, which has a comprehensive checklist filled out by the child, parents, and teachers.

What exactly is AD(H)D? It is a condition that affects one's ability to focus on many types of activities. Common behaviors that are shown by both adults and children include inattention, hyperactivity, and impulsiveness.  They can often be trapped in a frustrating circle of self-defeat.

Anger is often a key indicator; this is anger that is caused by frustration.  In many AD(H)D individuals, the harder they try, the more their brain shuts down, which leads to frustration -- and then to anger.

These behaviors can lead to difficulties at school or work, problems with learning or tackling new activities, and frustrating social interactions.  Unfortunately, statistics show AD(H)D children, particularly boys, have the highest drop-out rates and prisons show a high percentage of inmates with this diagnosis.  Thus early intervention is crucial.

A counselor can help identify behavioral modification techniques (particularly those that emphasize structure), and recommend a medical professional for medication options, if appropriate.

Recent research from thousands of brain scans suggests that there are actually several types of AD(H)D. FInd out more through an interactive checklist at www.amenclinic.com. Dr. Amen also has the book Healing ADD: The Breakthrough Program That Allows You To See and Heal the Six Types of ADD, which may be of use.

How to Behave So Your Children Will Too by Sal Severe is a good reference on parenting and AD(H)D.

For adults, I like So You're Not Lazy, Crazy or Stupid by Kate Kelly and Peggy Ramundo.

Thomm Hartmann has done a lot of research on AD(H)D and his books are very good, especially postulating how AD(H)D was a survival skill for early hunters. See Healing ADD or The Complete Guide to ADD.

More resources that may be of interest include the support group CHADD (Children and Adults with Attention Deficit Disorder) at www.chadd.org.

Some more resources are www.add.org  (for adults),  www.borntoexplore.org, and  www.nimh.nih.gov/health/topics/attention-deficit-hyperactivity-disorder-adhd.

One hundred years from now,
it will not matter what your bank account was
or the sort of house you lived in
or the kind of car you drove ...
but the world may be different
because you were important
in the life of a child.  (Frank Outlaw)