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More about ADD / ADHD
Causes of Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD / ADHD)
ADD3.jpgSome causes of ADHD seem certain: different brain activity, different brain structure, different brain chemistry, and genetic predisposition. Other causes and contributing factors are still under investigation: conditions of pregnancy and birth, toxins, attachment problems, television viewing, and more.

No single cause seems to apply to everyone with ADD / ADHD. Viruses, harmful chemicals in the environment, genetics, problems during pregnancy or delivery, or anything that impairs brain development can play a role in causing the attention problems in ADD.

Exploring the following possibilities can help you better understand the complexity of ADD risk factors and causes.

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Recognising ADD / ADHD in Children

ADD1.jpgYou know these kids: the ones who can't sit still, the ones who never seem to listen, who don't follow instructions no matter how clearly you present them, who blurt out inappropriate comments at inappropriate times. There's at least one in every classroom.

Attention Deficit (Hyperactivity) Disorder (ADD/ADHD) is a neurological condition that makes it difficult for people to inhibit their spontaneous responses-responses that can involve movement, speech, and attentiveness.

Between 3 and 5 percent of children have ADD / ADHD. This means that in a classroom of 25 to 30 children, at least one is likely to have ADD / ADHD.

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Recognising ADD / ADHD in Adults

ADD2.jpgMost children with ADD / ADHD don't outgrow their disorders; rather, they become disorganized, inattentive adults. If you're an adult with ADD / ADHD, your symptoms may be holding you back at work, impacting your relationships, and keeping you from accomplishing your goals. Happily, once you recognize the signs and symptoms of adult ADD / ADHD, you can begin to address your areas of weakness and make your strengths work for you.

Many people have a stereotypical picture in their head of what someone with attention deficit disorder looks like: hyperactive, loud, a whirlwind of energy and unchecked impulses. And let's face it: it's probably a kid they're picturing in their mind's eye. However, ADD / ADHD is not just a childhood disorder. Kids don't simply grow out of ADHD, as if it's a phase. In fact, the symptoms of ADD / ADHD typically get worse as children grow into adulthood and face life's increasing pressures and demands.

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Parenting a Child with ADD / ADHD

ADD4.jpgThe needs of a child with ADD/ADHD can overwhelm families and make home life chaotic - but they don't have to. You can use strategies to influence and channel your child's behaviour and can use exercise, the natural environment, and diet to alleviate ADD/ADHD symptoms. And you don't have to go it alone, either. Find out how to begin turning frustration and chaos into appreciation and enjoyment of your child with ADD/ADHD.

If you have a child with ADHD, you know how frustrating it can be when your kid doesn't listen, do what you asked, or finish what was started. With the constant monitoring your child requires, it may feel as if he or she is the one running the home. This added stress can breed resentment, causing you to focus on your child's deficits while overlooking successes and positive traits. On top of that, you may also feel guilt over your frustration.

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