Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is a condition affecting children and adults that is characterized by problems with attention, impulsivity, memory and over activity. It affects between about 10 to 15 percent of school age children, and between 6-10 percent of adults.
Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is the current diagnostic label for a condition that has been recognized and studied for over a century. Over the years, it has been known by several other names including "brain damaged syndrome," "minimal brain dysfunction (MBD)," "hyper-kinetic impulsive disorder," and "attention deficit disorder (ADD)."
"ADHD" (attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder) is the term now used for a condition which has had several names over the past hundred years. Science recognizes three sub types of ADHD (inattentive, hyperactive-impulsive, and combined). A diagnosis of one type or another depends on the specific symptoms (i.e. the "diagnostic criteria") that person has.
While some individuals, including many professionals, still refer to the condition as "ADD" (attention deficit disorder), this term is no longer in widespread use. For those who may have been diagnosed with ADD, the corresponding diagnostic category, using current terminology, would mostly likely be "ADHD, Predominantly Inattentive Type."
Although medication like Ritalin have been used for 50 years, they are dangerous and habit forming. Ritalin is an amphetamine and along with short term side effects it can be dangerous if used for longer periods of time.
Many supplements have been used in the care of ADD/ADHD and memory problems with little or no effects. They are not dangerous and provide excellent results for many. There are many great choices.
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