While some doctors
still use the name ADD in making a diagnosis, it most likely means
ADHD, of which there are three recognized types : inattentive, hyperactive/impulsive,
cases of ADHD hover around 4.4%, the disease is most associated
with school-age children. Common symptoms in this age group including
forgetfulness, inattentiveness, or lack of ability to concentrate
for any length of time. This "misbehavior" is not due
to improper parenting, say the experts, but is a direct result of
a chemical imbalance or the dopamine neurotransmitter systems in
To restore this
chemical imbalance, standard ADHD treatments include drugs such as
Ritalin and Dexedrine which have made headlines recently for their
sometimes dangerous side
Meanwhile, ongoing research include promising new findings
in the form of Omega
3 fish oil as an alternative method of treatment. One Norway study points to a simple change
in diet stressing milk and wheat-free foods.
ADHD around the Web:
the Web, find out more on the topic at medical sites offering the
latest news updates, current controversies and information on how
ADHD is currently diagnosed, related fact sheets on symptoms &
treatment, questions to ask your doctor, and where to find online
support groups for help in coping with ADHD ....
Attention Deficit Disorder with Hyperactivity - Comprehensive
directory page with links to major sites around the Web offering
information on related drugs, diagnosis & symptoms, standard
treatments & alternative therapies, where to find related clinical
trials, with more on effects on parenting & relationships, and
specific resources for kids, teens, adults.
Resource Center on AD/HD - U.S. resource center with a comprehensive
FAQ for kids, teens and adult AD/HD issues, or pose your own question
to AD/HD experts. Includes the latest on diagnostic & treatment
guidelines, medication management, parenting guidelines and links
to related resources on dealing with insurance companies, the legal
system & public benefit programs.
Deficit Disorder - Great resource for parents of kids diagnosed
or suspected of having ADD offering an extensive FAQ, symptom checklist,
searchable database of ADD doctors & specialists, current studies
& research, links & references.
ADD and ADHD Health Center - Feature articles & video
presentations along with tips for parents & teachers, daily
ADD blog topics, how to handle behavior, reduce drug side effects,
plus a symptom checklist for kids & adults, and questions to
ask your doctor.
- ADD / ADHD Online Support Group - Busy UK member discussion
boards for parents, kids, spouses & partners, plus surf around
for more information for kids, teens & adult ADD, suggested
reading, alternative treatments, and one-stop browsing for other
online support groups listed by country.
is intended as reference and not as medical advice.
All treatment decisions should be made by medical professionals.