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Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder

Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is a mental disorder of the neurodevelopmental type. It is characterized by problems paying attention, excessive activity, or difficulty controlling behavior which is not appropriate for a person's age. In children, problems paying attention may result in poor school performance.

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Never been diagnosed with ADHD as a child? Chances are that you could be diagnosed with ADHD as an adult even though you've never had it before (Adult ADHD). Here are ten possible symptoms of Adult ADHD as prescribed by Web M.D. Please remember that these are just possibilities.

Contributed by Cassie Leyba

No one has a manual for parenting that is for sure; and having a disorder and parenting a child with the same disorder is hard work in any situation. So when you see the mother in the store that is yelling at her child to stop that pay attention, as they look off in to what seems the guide to bad parenting handbook for idiots; please remember that we are not bad parents we just haven't learned how to teach our children that society will judge them because they look normal but are very different indeed. I am a mother with ADHD to a child with ADHD, and I have herd it all when going to the store, parks, any where for that mater. We hear it from our families our friends as they say well that is just who they are, to the ones that understand, as the ones that don't role there eyes in utter frustration. We hear people laughing,pointing, and rude remarks under peoples breath as they pass you in the store saying, "god, I would sell that child if he where mine!" or " well, I bet they just let anyone have children these days!" and my favorite rude remark " Boy am I glad they created birth control!". I have even been told to remove myself from a area of a store so my child wouldn't touch the buttons on the toys. Please tell me would you publicly make a remark to someone who had any physical disability. I was told once it took a village to raise a child, so why may I ask has a great village like ours turned there backs on the parents. Have we come so far from humanity that when a child drops a toy or a mother drops a bottle that we do not pick it up. Please remember these old word when you see a frustrated mother in the store with there bad behaved child, "If you can't say something nice don't say it at all!"

Contributed by Johnna C Hunt

Both my sister and I have ADHD but there are many differing versions. My sister definitely has the Hyperactivity part. When she doesn't take her medication (concerta) she is loud and does not listen to anyone. Forget rules, they don't exist to her. School is a struggle for her because she cannot pay attention to the teacher and would rather do things she enjoys the most--like reading. With ADHD, she has had the struggles of remaining focused for more than a few minutes. I, on the other hand, still have ADHD because doctors say there is no such thing as "ADD". That was a term created by the general public, there is only ADHD. However, mine is more mental. I can be looking directly at a teacher and they think I am giving them my full attention, but I am day dreaming. My "hyperactivity" is mental verses physical so it is less visible and harder to diagnose. I didn't realize I had ADHD until is was 16 in my Junior year of high school. This was because I was taking extremely difficult classes (advanced placement classes) including AP Psychology, AP English, AP United States History and others such as PreCalculus/Calculus A. When I was struggling to study for Finals in December I decided it was time to see a Psychologist.

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