Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD, also known simply as attention deficit disorder or ADD) became notoriously know for being over-prescribed in the 2000s, especially for teenagers and young adults who had seeming concerns with concentration and inattention.
It comes as no surprise to me that this is the same decade where mobile phones transformed into smart phones and social media platforms like Facebook and Instagram took off, demanding our constant attention.
However, ADHD is a very real disorder and a serious, debilitating concern for millions of Americans every year. Without a doubt, it sucks away productivity at work and our ability to focus when trying to study for school. People with ADHD find it hard, in fact, to pretty much concentrate on anything for any length of time.
Along with inattention, an inability to sit still — hyperactivity — is a common component of some people who have this disorder. While this may seem like just a problem of willpower, it is not. Even if the person wants to sit still, they find that they simply cannot, and must move around, get up when it isn’t appropriate to do so, and interrupt others while they are still talking.
Like other kinds of mental disorders, ADHD can be successfully treated in America today. Typically most people turn to a type of psychiatric medication — stimulants such as Ritalin or Adderall — to help them with treatment. Other approaches, such as psychotherapy, have shown to be proven effective in clinical research studies.
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) Resources
The following sites offer what I believe to be excellent information and further resources about attention deficit disorders:
- National Institute of Mental Health’s page on ADHD
- Mental Health America’s ADHD and Adults Page
- CHADD’s page on ADHD
- ADHD Quiz
- Mayo Clinic on ADHD in Adults
ADHD has become fairly common in America these days, and it’s not unusual to find a significant minority of school-aged children, teens, and young adults to be diagnosed with this disorder.