11 Facts About ADD (Attention Deficit Disorder)

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  1. ADD is a disorder that alters one’s ability to focus.
  2. Three times more men than women have ADD.
  3. In order to be diagnosed with ADD, a child must display very strong symptoms that take a negative effect on their life for at least 6 months.
  4. Main symptoms and indicators of ADD are inattention, distractibility, fear, anxiety, slow cognitive thinking, daydreaming, procrastination, and poor memory retrieval.
  5. There is no cure for ADD, but the symptoms can be managed through medications and counseling.
  6. Students with ADD often need to study three times more than students without ADD.
  7. Many children with ADD are highly intelligent and creative, and with proper treatment can excel far beyond their peers.
  8. Women who smoke during pregnancy are more than twice as likely to have a child with ADD.
  9. Research proves that there is no connection between how much sugar a person eats and the possibility of developing ADD. Sugar simply offers a boost of short-term energy or high activity.
  10. While some children outgrow their ADD, for many it’s a lifelong disorder.
  11. Some of the biggest celebrities have an attention disorder including Justin Timberlake, Will Smith, Michael Phelps, Jim Carrey, Terry Bradshaw, and Adam Levine.

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Sources: WhatIsAdd, PSEA, Virginia Tech, Health, LD Pride, Parenting