ADDA Responds To Misinformation About Attention Deficit Disorder

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Attention Deficit Disorder

The Attention Deficit Disorder Association is working to increase awareness about the disorder affecting 8 million U.S. adults.

In her April 16th column she suggested that adults experiencing the symptoms of ADD might "just say the heck with it and keep muddling through."

But millions of adults with Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (AD/HD) know all to well that the symptoms of this disorder are real and they can lead to anxiety, depression, and serious career and relationship problems if left untreated.

There is no serious controversy in the medical community today about the existence of AD/HD -- it has been validated by years of scientific research," said ADDA President Linda Anderson. "People experiencing the symptoms of AD/HD must recognize that what they are experiencing is "valid" and they are not alone. Today there is hope because there are a variety of effective treatment options for AD/HD, with or without the use of medication."

The current generally accepted diagnostic criteria for AD/HD are listed in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-IV) published by the American Psychiatric Association (1995). Medical and mental health practitioners use these criteria and multiple other methods to collect comprehensive information and reliably diagnose AD/HD.

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AD/HD symptoms can include:

-- Difficulty paying attention to tasks and completing projects

-- Forgetting important things

-- Restlessness; chronic boredom

-- Disorganization, poor time management

-- Prone to addictive behaviors

While Dr. Brothers' column suggests that AD/HD symptoms are too vague and that treatment is not worth pursuing, unfortunately a majority of adults with AD/HD go undiagnosed and therefore do not receive necessary treatment," Anderson said.

"That is why it is more important than ever to educate people about AD/HD, so we can bring hope to them and empower them to seek help and take charge of their own lives," she said.

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