ADD/ADHD: What Is It?

ADD, ADHD ChildADD (Attention Deficit Disorder) and ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder) are the most common childhood mental disorders in the United States.

At A Glance:

The exact causes of ADD (Attention Deficit Disorder) aren’t known for sure. There are several factors that have been connected to the mental disorder. It is known that more than half of children with ADD have a parent with the disorder.

ADD (Attention Deficit Disorder) is one of the most common childhood mental disorders in the United States. American Psychiatric Association officially changed the name of the condition to ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder). Although ADD is still used to describe the disorder.

The most common symptoms of ADD/ADHD are attention difficulty, impulsiveness, and hyperactivity. These symptoms often create problems at home, school, and recreational activities, commonly leading to other problems such as,  depression, trouble with relationships, and low self-esteem.

About 6.4 million children have been diagnosed with ADD/ADHD in the United States, making it the most common childhood mental disorder.

most common Symptoms:

  • Difficulty remembering details.
  • Difficulty concentrating.
  • Difficulty paying attention.
  • Difficulty holding still.
  • Easily distracted (difficulty finishing tasks)
  • Inability to listen and follow directions.
  • Talk loud and excessively.
  • Blurt out and interrupt others at inappropriate times.

unfairly Labeled:

  • Lazy
  • Stupid
  • Bad
  • Dumb
  • Troublemakers
  • Goofball
  • Class clown


Of course, the only way to know for sure whether your child has ADD/ADHD is by visiting your doctor for a diagnosis. Even doctors sometimes have a hard time making a ADD/ADHD diagnosis. There is currently no definitive test for ADD. Most of the diagnosis is based on information gathered from home and school.

According to the National Institute of Mental Health, most adults with ADD/ADHD were diagnosed as children and continue to experience symptoms.

It is possible to have ADD/ADHD as an adult even if you weren’t diagnosed as a child. This usually means that the symptoms were unnoticed or unrecognized during childhood.

Another problem with diagnosing ADD/ADHD in adults is that its signs and symptoms are often much different than they are for children and every person experiences ADD differently.

most common symptoms of adult ADD/ADHD:

  • Forgetfulness
  • Impulsiveness
  • Trouble paying attention
  • Easily distracted
  • Difficulty concentrating and staying focused
  • Poor self-control and social skills
  • Poor listening skills
  • Poor organizational skills

How These symptoms show up in life:

  • Low self-esteem
  • Trouble staying motivated
  • Irritability
  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Mood swings
  • Explosive temper
  • Restlessness
  • Bipolar disorder
  • Other mental disorders


The most common treatment has been medications such as Ritalin. However, a growing list of side effects

  • Insomnia
  • Weight loss
  • Abdominal pain
  • Headaches

are prompting parents to search for alternative treatments.

Brain Integration Technique:

Change Your—and Your Children’s—Destiny

Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD) . . . Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder(ADHD) . . . Dyslexia. What do these three learning difficulties have in common?

They can be corrected without drugs.

The Crossinology® Brain Integration Technique—a natural, drug-free alternative proven to resolve learning difficulties. This cutting-edge, non-invasive technique offers you, or a loved one, a soothing and relaxing experience that relieves stress while delivering a permanent change in your performance. Research shows improvement in areas such as:

  • Reading comprehension.
  • Memory and concentration.
  • Learning and retention of spelling skills.
  • Understanding mathematical concepts.
  • Physical coordination and balance.


Other Resources

Getting children on the right diet track is a twofold solution.  First is to eliminate problematic foods such as dairy, chocolate, corn, wheat, sugar, artificial colors, and food additives. Second is to replenish nutritional inadequacies. The body needs proper amounts of vitamins and minerals to work. Some of the supplements getting scientific attention include the B vitamins, magnesium, essential fatty acids, and dimethylaminoethanol (DMAE). Be sure to check with your healthcare practitioner.