The Facts About ADD

By: Julianne Wilkerson

Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD)

What is ADD:

ADD, or also known as AD/HD, is divided into three subtypes, according to the main features associated with the disorder: inattentiveness, impulsivity, and hyperactivity. The three subtypes are:AD/HD [ A.D.D. OR ADHD ] Predominantly Combined Type, AD/HD [ A.D.D. OR ADHD ] Predominantly Inattentive Type, and AD/HD [ A.D.D. OR ADHD ] Predominantly Hyperactive-Impulsive Type. Children diagnosed with ADD with these subtypes have little to no trouble with sitting still or inhibiting behavior, they may on the other hand have a harder time with paying attention and staying on task. Kids with AD/HD are sort of the opposite, they have little to no trouble with staying on task

What causes ADD or AD/HD:

ADD & AD/HD is a neurobiologically-based developmental disability estimated to affect between 3-5% of the school age population. No one really knows what causes it, but scientific evidence suggests that the disorder is genetically transmitted in many cases and results from a chemical imbalance or deficiency in certain neurotransmitters, which are chemicals that help the brain regulate behavior. Studies show that the rate at which the brain uses glucose, its main energy source, is lower in subjects with AD/HD [ A.D.D. OR ADHD ] than in subjects without AD/HD [ A.D.D. OR ADHD ].

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