Living a Distracted Life with Attention Deficit Disorder

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Attention Deficit Disorder is a disability affecting 1.21% of Americans (CDC Fast Stats). For a percentage that seems so small, the effects of living a life with ADD are significant. People with ADD struggle in school or in everyday situations, but they can learn ways to manage this disability. During childhood unknowingly struggling with ADD made things more complicated throughout school and life, and it went overlooked and undiagnosed until reaching adulthood. Some may not believe that it is a true disorder and that it only affects children, but it does actually exist. ADD does not discriminate against age, race or gender. This complex disorder can start to be understood through its history, myths, facts, symptoms, causes, and…show more content…
Although the progression of ADD was a long and never ending process, myths surrounding ADD still manage to accumulate. The only way to put these myths to rest is to become educated on the facts about ADD and help raise awareness. One of the greatest misunderstandings is that a person with ADD cannot also have other psychiatric disorders. The “debunk” of the myth is that ADD usually overlaps other disorders and people with ADD are actually more likely to have other psychiatric or learning disorder than most other people. The most common disorders that co-occur with ADD are: Oppositional Defiant Disorder (ODD) is negative, hostile and defiant behavior; Conduct Disorder (CD) is behavior that violates others basic rights or society’s rules; Anxiety is excessive worry, occurring very frequently and is difficult to control; Depression (which can come in many forms), is marked by trouble concentrating, sleeping, and feelings of guilt; and Learning Disabilities are problems with reading, writing, or mathematics or testing. These mental health conditions can be the result, addition to ADD, or mistaken for ADD. Another belief is that ADD doesn’t destroy or cause much damage to a person’s life. In actuality, if untreated ADD syndrome may severely impair learning, education, work life, family life, social interactions, and over-all safety. Thankfully, most people with ADD that receive sufficient
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