Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, often called ADD or ADHD, is a diagnostic label that we give to children andadults who have significant problems in four main areas of their lives:
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder is aneurologically based disorder.
This position has become controversial as many would like to dismiss the diagnosis of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder altogether saying that there is noevidence of neurological differences, or that there are no medical tests to diagnose ADD ADHD, or that the diagnostic criteria is too broad.
For now we will simply report that there is atremendous amount of research to support the statement that, indeed, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder is a neurologically based condition.
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorderis not the result of "bad parenting" or obnoxious, willful defiance on the part of the child.
Yes, a child may be willfully defiant whether he has Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorderor not. Defiance, rebelliousness, and selfishness are usually "moral" issues, not neurological issues. We make no excuses for "immoral," "selfish," or "destructive" behaviors, whether fromindividuals with ADD ADHD or not.
It may also be true that the parents may need further training. We are constantly amazed at how many young parents today grew up in homes where theirparents were gone all day. We now see "grown up latch key kids" trying to parent as best as they can, but without having had the benefit of growing up with good parental role models. Thisis a problem as well. But it is not Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder. It is Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder that we will be exploring here at the ADD Information Library.