Attention Deficit Disorder affects children, teenagers, and adults. It makes certain parts of life, like school and work, extremely difficult. Most of the medications for ADD include strong drugs and chemicals, which have their own negative effects. If you are looking for a more natural approach to ADD management, you may find success with herbal remedies.
Understanding the Problem
ADD is classified as a psychiatric condition. The American Psychiatric Association’s Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders characterizes it as a pattern of lack of attention and/or high energy that is more severe and more frequent in an individual than is typically observed in other individuals of the same developmental level (source: Psych Central).
Doctors are unsure exactly what causes this psychiatric condition, but many of them believe it could be linked to genetics. Environmental factors such as family conflict or poor discipline don’t necessarily cause the disorder, but can make it worse in children.
Diagnosing the Problem
Symptoms of ADD can be confused with general forgetfulness and restlessness. Work with a doctor to be sure the symptoms you are noticing really do add up to ADD. If a doctor makes a quick diagnoses after one appointment, be skeptical. A good doctor will test for medical conditions that could be causing the problem (such as a thyroid condition) and will conduct an in-depth investigation of the behaviors.
Here are some of the signs and symptoms of the disorder. A person with ADD
- has a hard time focusing and makes careless mistakes.
- is easily distracted.
- is forgetful and loses things.
- avoids schoolwork or other tasks that require concentrated attention.
- doesn’t listen when directly spoken to.
- interrupts others.
- doesn’t like to wait his or her turn.
- answers questions before they’ve been spoken or read completely.
- is unorganized.
- has a difficult time sustaining attention during a task or activity.