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ADD influences lives beyond classroom

Frequently distracted. Trouble focusing. Over-stimulated. All are possible signs of Attention Deficit Disorder, ADD, or Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, ADHD.

The direct cause of the difficulties experienced with those with ADD and ADHD is unknown; however, according to the Scientific American, with the aid of technology advances, they should become clearer within the next five years.

“There are multiple causes for Attention Deficit Disorder, so that there is not one specific cause that can be treated,” said Dr. Charles House, PhD, of a private practice in Fresno. “There are a number of ways to treat the symptoms, though, assuming the diagnosis is legitimate. I feel the use of medication for treatment is extremely beneficial; I have known children and adults whose academic lives have been saved by medication.”

Methylphenidate, or Ritalin, as it is better known as, is a medication used for treatment, which may seem surprising since Ritalin is a stimulant.

“The symptoms of ADD are caused by a need for stimulation in exactly those sites where stimulant medications such as Ritalin work,” said Madelyn Griffith-Haynie, founder and manager of the Optimal Functioning Institute in New York City, who also has ADD.

ADD affects different aspects of people’s lives, one of which is organization.

“It’s just that since so many things are not important to us at every moment, things do get misplaced. For instance when the phone rings it’s not important to us at that moment where we put our car keys. So the keys usually get thrown down anywhere.” (Living with ADD)

ADD influences students in numerous ways and it plays a significant role in their lives.

“Most likely, having ADD has hurt my academic performance when I have been unable to concentrate,” Michael Ward, ’03, said. “I don’t notice it; I just notice stupid mistakes on tests. I don’t really cope with it, and that’s why my grades aren’t as good as they could be. Case in point: I forgot to put my vocabulary book in my backpack last night so I’ll get half credit on my assignment.”

According to addinschool.com, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder impacts about one out of twenty people in the United States. Even so, the feeling of isolation, of being different, is still a factor is patient’s lives.

“I was upset and afraid that I was strange,” Daurissa Garcia, ’03, said. “It makes me feel like I have lots of energy and I can’t stop moving. It’s a battle to focus and to do what I know I’m supposed to. When you’re talking to us (with ADD), we hear every word you say, even those you don’t want us to hear. We’re humans, with the same feelings and rights as you.”

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