ADD - Attention Deficit Disorder

Patricia Andrews

Their are 3 different classification when it comes to ADD, Inattention, hyperactivity and Impulsivity.

A child that falls under the inattention category ...

  • has trouble staying focused
  • finds it hard to listen to instructions
  • loses interest in activities easily
  • has a difficult time staying organized and planning ahead
A child that falls under the hyperactivity category..
  • may talk excessively, & and find it hard to stop
  • often has short tempers and hot headed
  • finds it hard to sit still, so they love moving around
  • constantly fidgets with no reasoning
A child that falls under the Impulsivity category...
  • finds it hard to wait for their turns
  • doesn't think before action, so they often say things at the wrong time
  • thoughts and actions move very fast throughout their brains

Children are not the only ones affected by this disorder, adults suffer just as bad

They cant keep organized, possible reckless driving, marital problems, very hard to focus, poor listening skills , etc.

Having to cope and try to treat with ADD without support and the right care can cause..


  • anxiety
  • depression
  • low self esteem
  • procrastination
  • substance abuse
  • frustration
  • employment problems
  • etc..

How Common Is ADD??? (statistics)

11 percent of children 4-17 have been diagnosed with ADD/ ADHD

Boys are 3 times more likely to be diagnosed

Adults that weren't diagnosed during childhood most likely will remain undiagnosed their whole lives, therefore the number of people affected by ADD? ADHD may be higher than reported.

This disorder is due to genetics, environmental or brain damage factors. In most cases ADD/ADHD is not preventable but with the right treatment it can be coped with
Having ADD can change your lifestyle vastly, It affects your social life in terms that communicating with others may be challenging, not only for the person that is diagnosed but for the people that try to socialize with them. They may come of as lazy, very poorly organized, not punctual and laid back & make others around them frustrated.


For someone with ADD it may be hard to hold down a job such as an office work were you'd have to be sitting down in one place all day, due to their disorder they would be better suited into work forces that allow them to socialize keep busy and move around

Treatments?? A cure??

ADD can be treated in a variety of ways depending on what method you prefer or which ones work better. In some cases medication is used, it can either be effective or not work at all.S o often times their medication is changed and dosage in order to find the right one Some parents decide not to put their children on medication due to the fact that sometimes the cons outweighs the pros.

At home: the best way to help cope with ADD at home is to maintain a routine. Having a routine to abide by reduces the amount of time you have to idle,. try to stay organized and when trying to focus to surround yourself into a quiet environment

Their are many therapist and support systems available for people suffering with ADD for both children and adults, that help you cope with obstacles one step at a time and help you to be more reliable to help yourself out.

support systems down below :)

Peel Children's Centre (PCC)

Treatment services for children, teenagers, and families who are having serious issues with relationships, feelings, or behaviour.

85A Aventura Court, Mississauga, ON, L5T 2Y6 905-795-3500

www.peelcc.org/

Canadian Register of Health Service Providers in Psychology (CRHSPP)

Looking for a psychologist? The Canadian Register of Health Service Providers (CRHSPP) has a national directory of qualified psychology providers.

368 Dalhousie Street, Ottawa, ON, K1N 7G3 613-562-0900

www.crhspp.ca