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Do you believe that ADD and ADHD are real medical conditions...?
or just undisciplined children ?


They can be real medical conditions, but mostly they are un-disciplined children. A lot of kids "grow out of it" when they become adults, which tells me that they didn't really have it.

Even the most severe cases can control it if disciplined.

Yep. Just ask any teacher. Or any doctor.

Routd Q
Anytime we talk, we need attention for someone to listen to us, its just that people sometimes over do it.

I think it's an excuse for doctors not to find a proper diagnoses in kids. I also look at it as parents not kickin' a kids *** when they get out of line! "Spare the rod, spoil the child" does not mean act like Homer and strangle your kid when they sass you, but all kids do need real discipline and drugs are not a cure to them acting out and getting on MY nerves!!! Ya feel me? :)

Havas nana
I dont really believe it is a medical condition and do not believe in meds for it either. I think it has to do with all the junk they put in food these days and the containers that hold the food and the pesticides and growth hormones etc.

Bloody Jack
It's hard to say. When I was young, we just called those kids "hyper." Then they had to go ahead and label it a medical condition. But kids back then didn't have medication and they turned out fine. It's the drug companies that are making all the dough from this "condition."

First off,.. I believe children should be allowed to play and get things out of their system. Play helps your mind develope and your muscles and bones get a wider range and develope properly. After all you aren't even born with Knee Caps and there are other things that develope to protect you.

Unfortunately, alot of people fail to see Children as Children. Prime examples live around me that drag their children like dolls and then are shocked when they repeat the foul rap lyrics they hear day in and day out from their parents. That then try to beat them like they do their Television, in order to fix them.

Rules and Discipline are far apart. The average person believes Discipline means Beating,.. this is not what that means... infact to some people strikeing a child is a display that you yourself are undiscapline and not in control of your own behavior. Also from the cycle I have scene from "Hitting", it appears each generation increases thinking the more they beat the better their child will turn out when infact the more Beating the more screwed up the child is when they become an adult. With so many generations backing that method and form of expression here, the young adults are criminals because they were not given guide lines and Violence was substituted,.. they some times kill their children with their technique to make them a better person when it has made them themselves a violent low-intelligent person.

Now what appears to happen in the School Setting is Teachers can use ADD and ADHD as the ultimate lables in "You are a bad person". This is a Mental game. Some places have formed a mental abuse connected to certain lables. So if you need any assistence the Adults have set up a system where the children are allowed to abuse you in various ways because of their verbal bad mouthing of certain people. So a Child faces abuse from Parents and Children throughout their day, as well as their parents pointing out they are NOT NORMAL. Meanwhile some School Systems slip into the Majority of their students being ADD or ADHD to better control them. The factor is the next thing.

Money,.. lots and lots of money. As well as Zombies that do not have to learn anything. There are plenty that finanically benefit from the Medication thrown on children. The teachers give students grades based on inactivity instead of results of their work. This later also makes some people less motivated since they were rewarded for not functioning and they were retarded in behavior and knowledge by being denied these things as well as the opertunity to develope basic skills.

Yet, it gets worse. The sea of side effects and fighting aside, the Medication is used to burn out your body's chemistry. This is a Disaster as just with one thing Ritalin burns out you will not have an essential chemical to function normally and that is required for mental, physical, and chemical developement several tiems in your life: Including Childhood, Tweens, Teens, Early Twenties, "Mid-Life", and "Golden Years".

Due to your lack of this Chemical that is noticed later on you are put on another Medication, then another because that medication causes more damage, and another because all those medications caused damage... Some problems the lack of this chemical creates are soem lost senesations and reaction your body should have. These include ones to prevent ones self from doing something life ending. As a result, Ritalin Children become suicidal from realizes they lack reactions ( includeing some pleassures) and then can attempt suicide sucessfully since they do not have natural boundaries. This allows them to be labled something else and put on the medications that have effects as mentioned before.

All this Medication DOES EFFECT PERSONALITY. It tears down pieces of a person like self essteem and reaction time. This just increases depression.

While ADD & ADHD are real Medical Conditions, them and others are not diagnoised correctly. What I see is people with money that can afford help figureing out ways to get their kids straight A's who can get their children labled to increase their scores without them takeing medication. These students fill in slots that children with real disablities desperately need. If a Doctor and Teacher can claim a student has Severe behavior problems, they can get them into programs, these programs pay for medication... this is what happens to lower income students. They are over medicated so many people get more money. They are not diagnoised properly. It has also been proven some lower income children may be more hyper because of a variety of factors includeing Food ( you can only afford cheap junk, not expensive fresh foods you AREN'T allergic to), Life Style (your parents can't pay for sports, your neighborhood is bad, you sit perfectly still all night infornt of a TV or Computer), and adaptation (you need to dodge things that threaten your life when your parents are not capable or adicts). It is also cheaper and better to people to toss poor about as ADD or ADHD or Behaviorally Handicapped so they do not go to a proper school with proper classes where the can be helpped with their real disablities. ... and as I experienced this these classes are also a chain to hold you down, if your intelligence is high and other programs or schools gain interest,... offering to pay for everything,.. these places tug you back saying you are such and such and in such classes,.. this way the School gets more money for dealing with you.

Yes, these are real. But not everyone with them is diagnoised. Many diagnoised ADD or ADHD are misdiagnoised. It does not help that the President has cut all Autism Programs and Support ( if you were born after a point, you are not allowed to get SSI or any assistence for haveign Autism).

Don Draper
I think it's all about money. Pharmaceutical companies make the profits by Dr's prescribing drugs. Look back in recent times and up until now, there hasn't been a time where people are on as much medication as now.

Yes I do think ADD/ADHD is a real medical condition.
I have ADD I have a problem staying focus at times, especially if I am tired.
I am on medication for it too. I am going to do something natural so I am working with my Dr. on that.

Important Disclaimer- Please Read This : The following information is not intended to provide any type of professional advice nor diagnostic service. If you have any concerns about AD/HD or other health issues, please consult a qualified health care professional in your community.


The difference is mainly one of terminology, which can be confusing at times. The "official" clinical diagnosis is Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, or AD/HD. In turn, AD/HD is broken down into three different subtypes: Combined Type, Predominantly Inattentive Type, and Predominantly Hyperactive-Impulsive Type.

Many people use the term ADD as a generic term for all types of AD/HD. The term ADD has gained popularity among the general public, in the media, and is even commonly used among professionals. Whether we call it ADD or AD/HD, however, we are all basically referring to the same thing.


According to epidemiological data, approximately 4% to 6% of the U.S. population has ADHD.

ADHD usually persists throughout a person's lifetime. It is NOT limited to children. Approximately one-half to two-thirds of children with ADHD will continue to have significant problems with ADHD symptoms and behaviors as adults, which impacts their lives on the job, within the family, and in social relationships.


AD/HD is a diagnosis applied to children and adults who consistently display certain characteristic behaviors over a period of time. The most common core features include:

distractibility (poor sustained attention to tasks)
impulsivity (impaired impulse control and delay of gratification)
hyperactivity (excessive activity and physical restlessness)
In order to meet diagnostic criteria, these behaviors must be excessive, long-term, and pervasive. The behaviors must appear before age 7, and continue for at least 6 months. A crucial consideration is that the behaviors must create a real handicap in at least two areas of a person's life, such as school, home, work, or social settings. These criteria set ADHD apart from the "normal" distractibility and impulsive behavior of childhood, or the effects of the hectic and overstressed lifestyle prevalent in our society.

According to the DSM-IV (the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, Fourth Edition) some common symptoms of ADHD include: often fails to give close attention to details or makes careless mistakes; often has difficulty sustaining attention to tasks; often does not seem to listen when spoken to directly; often fails to follow instructions carefully and completely; losing or forgetting important things; feeling restless, often fidgeting with hands or feet, or squirming; running or climbing excessively; often talks excessively; often blurts out answers before hearing the whole question; often has difficulty awaiting turn.

Please keep in mind that the exact nature and severity of AD/HD symptoms varies from person to person. Approximately one-third of people with AD/HD do not have the hyperactive or overactive behavior component, for example.


ADHD is NOT caused by poor parenting, family problems, poor teachers or schools, too much TV, food allergies, or excess sugar. One early theory was that attention disorders were caused by minor head injuries or damage to the brain, and thus for many years ADHD was called "minimal brain damage" or "minimal brain dysfunction." The vast majority of people with ADHD have no history of head injury or evidence of brain damage, however. Another theory, which is still heard in the media, is that refined sugar and food additives make children hyperactive and inattentive. Scientists at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) concluded that this may apply to only about 5 percent of children with ADHD, mostly either very young children or children with food allergies.

ADHD IS very likely caused by biological factors which influence neurotransmitter activity in certain parts of the brain, and which have a strong genetic basis. Studies at NIMH using a PET (positron emission tomography) scanner to observe the brain at work have shown a link between a person's ability to pay continued attention and the level of activity in the brain. Specifically researchers measured the level of glucose used by the areas of the brain that inhibit impulses and control attention. In people with AD/HD, the brain areas that control attention used less glucose, indicating that they were less active. It appears from this research that a lower level of activity in some parts of the brain may cause inattention and other AD/HD symptoms.

There is a great deal of evidence that AD/HD runs in families, which is suggestive of genetic factors. If one person in a family is diagnosed with AD/HD, there is a-25% to 35% probability that any other family member also has AD/HD, compared to a 4% to 6% probability for someone in the general population.


Clinical experience has shown that the most effective treatment for ADHD is a combination of medication (when necessary), therapy or counseling to learn coping skills and adaptive behaviors, and ADD coaching for adults.

Medication is often used to help normalize brain activity, as prescribed by a physician. Stimulant medications (Ritalin, Dexedrine, Adderall) are commonly used because they have been shown to be most effective for most people with ADHD. However, many other medications may also be used at the discretion of the physician.

Behavior therapy and cognitive therapy are often helpful to modify certain behaviors and to deal with the emotional effects of AD/HD. Many adults also benefit from working with an AD/HD coach to help manage problem behaviors and develop coping skills, such as improving organizational skills and improving productivity.

ADHD is recognized as a disability under federal legislation (the Rehabilitation Act of 1973; the Americans With Disabilities Act; and the Individuals With Disabilities Education Act). Appropriate and reasonable accommodations are sometimes made at school for children with ADHD, and in the workplace for adults with ADHD, which help the individual to work more efficiently and productively.

Becky Booth, Wilma Fellman, LPC, Judy Greenbaum, Ph.D., Terry Matlen, ACSW, Geraldine Markel, Ph.D., Howard Morris, Arthur L. Robin, Ph.D., Angela Tzelepis, Ph.D.

The following myths - and factual responses - have been collected from rebuttals to recent media articles about ADD/ADHD. The rebuttals were written by MAAAN (Metro Area Adult ADHD Network, based in the Detroit area).

Myth #1: ADHD is a "phantom disorder".
FACT: The existence of a neurobiological disorder is not an issue to be decided by the media through public debate, but rather as a matter of scientific research. Scientific studies spanning 95 years summarized in the professional writings of Dr. Russell Barkley, Dr. Sam Goldstein, and others have consistently identified a group of individuals who have trouble with concentration, impulse control, and in some cases, hyperactivity. Although the name given to this group of individuals, our understanding of them, and the estimated prevalence of this group has changed a number of times over the past six decades, the symptoms have consistently been found to cluster together. Currently called Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, this syndrome has been recognized as a disability by the courts, the United States Department of Education, the Office for Civil Rights, the United States Congress, the National Institutes of Health, and all major professional medical, psychiatric, psychological, and educational associations.

Myth #2: Ritalin is like Cocaine, and the failure to give youngsters drug holidays from Ritalin causes them to develop psychosis.
FACT: Methylphenidate (Ritalin) is a medically prescribed stimulant medication that is chemically different from Cocaine. The therapeutic use of Methylphenidate does NOT CAUSE addiction or dependence, and does not lead to psychosis. Some children have such severe ADD symptoms that it can be dangerous for them to have a medication holiday, for example a child who is so hyper and impulsive he'll run into traffic withoug stopping to look first. Hallucinations are an extremely rare side-effect of Methylphenidate, and their occurrence has nothing to do with the presence or absence of medication holidays. Individuals with ADHD who are properly treated with stimulant medication such as Ritalin have a lower risk of developing problems with alcohol and other drugs than the general population. More importantly, fifty years of research has repeatedly shown that children, adolescents, and adults with ADHD safely benefit from treatment with Methylphenidate.

Myth #3: No study has ever demonstrated that taking stimulant medications can cause any lasting behavioral or educational benefit to ADHD children.
FACT: Research has repeatedly shown that children, adolescents, and adults with ADHD benefit from therapeutic treatment with stimulant medications, which has been used safely and studied for more than 50 years. For example, The New York Times reviewed a recent study from Sweden showing positive long- term effects of stimulant medication therapy on children with ADHD. Readers interested in more studies on the effectiveness of medication with ADHD should consult the professional writings of Dr. Russell Barkley, Drs. Gabrielle Weiss and Lily Hechtman, and Dr. Joseph Biederman.

Myth #4: ADHD kids are learning to make excuses, rather than take responsibility for their actions.
FACT: Therapists, educators, and physicians routinely teach children that ADHD is a challenge, not an excuse. Medication corrects their underlying chemical imbalance, giving them a fair chance of facing the challenges of growing up to become productive citizens. Accommodations for the disabled, as mandated by federal and state laws, are not ways of excusing them from meeting society's responsibilities, but rather make it possible for them to compete on a leveled playing field.

Myth #5: ADHD is basically due to bad parenting and lack of discipline, and all that ADHD children really need is old-fashioned discipline, not any of these phony therapies.
FACT: There are still some parent-bashers around who believe the century-old anachronism that child misbehavior is always a moral problem of the "bad child." Under this model, the treatment has been to "beat the Devil out of the child." Fortunately, most of us are more enlightened today. A body of family interaction research conducted by Dr. Russell Barkley and others has unequivocally demonstrated that simply providing more discipline without any other interventions worsens rather than improves the behavior of children with ADHD. One can't make a paraplegic walk by applying discipline. Similarly, one can't make a child with a biologically-based lack of self-control act better by simply applying discipline alone.

Myth #6: Ritalin is unsafe, causing serious weight loss, mood swings, Tourette's syndrome, and sudden, unexplained deaths.
FACT: Research has repeatedly shown that children, adolescents, and adults with ADHD benefit from treatment with Ritalin (also known as Methylphenidate), which has been safely used for approximately 50 years. There are NO published cases of deaths from overdoses of Ritalin; if you take too much Ritalin, you will feel terrible and act strange for a few hours, but you will not die. This cannot be said about many other medications. The unexplained deaths cited in some articles are from a combination of Ritalin and other drugs, not from Ritalin alone. Further investigation of those cases has revealed that most of the children had unusual medical problems which contributed to their deaths. It is true that many children experience appetite loss, and some moodiness or "rebound effect" when Ritalin wears off. A very small number of children may show some temporary tics, but these do not become permanent. Ritalin does not permanently alter growth, and usually does not result in weight loss. Ritalin does not cause Tourette's syndrome, rather many youngsters with Tourette's also have ADHD. In some cases, Ritalin even leads to an improvement of the of tics in children who have ADHD and Tourette's.

Myth #7: Teachers around the country routinely push pills on any students who are even a little inattentive or overactive.
FACT: Teachers are well-meaning individuals who have the best interests of their students in mind. When they see students who are struggling to pay attention and concentrate, it is their responsibility to bring this to parents' attention, so parents can take appropriate action. The majority of teachers do not simply push pills- they provide information so that parents can seek out appropriate diagnostic help. We do agree with the position that teachers should not diagnose ADHD. However, being on the front lines with children, they collect information, raise the suspicion of ADHD, and bring the information to the attention of parents, who then need to have a full evaluation conducted outside the school. The symptoms of ADHD must be present in school and at home before a diagnosis is made; teachers do not have access to sufficient information about the child's functioning to make a diagnosis of ADHD or for that matter to make any kind of medical diagnosis.

Myth #8: Efforts by teachers to help children who have attentional problems can make more of a difference than medications such as Ritalin.
FACT: It would be nice if this were true, but recent scientific evidence from the multi-modal treatment trials sponsored by the National Institute of Mental Health suggests it is a myth. In these studies, stimulant medication alone was compared to stimulant medication plus a multi-modal psychological and educational treatment, as treatments for children with ADHD. The scientists found that the multi-modal treatment plus the medication was not much better than the medication alone. Teachers and therapists need to continue to do everything they can to help individuals with ADHD, but we need to realize that if we don't also alter the biological factors that affect ADHD, we won't see much change.

Myth #9: CH.A.D.D. is supported by drug companies, and along with many professionals, are simply in this field to make a quick buck on ADHD.
FACT: Thousands of parents and professionals volunteer countless hours daily to over 600 chapters of CH.A.D.D. around the U.S. and Canada on behalf of individuals with ADHD. CH.A.D.D. is very open about disclosing any contributions from drug companies. These contributions only support the organization's national conference, which consists of a series of educational presentations, 95% of which are on topics other than medications. None of the local chapters receive any of this money. It is a disgrace to impugn the honesty and efforts of all of these dedicated volunteers. CH.A.D.D. supports all known effective treatments for ADHD, including medication, and takes positions against unproven and costly remedies.

Myth #10: It is not possible to accurately diagnose ADD or ADHD in children or adults.
FACT: Although scientists have not yet developed a single medical test for diagnosing ADHD, clear-cut clinical diagnostic criteria have been developed, researched, and refined over several decades. The current generally accepted diagnostic criteria for ADHD are listed in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-IV) published by the American Psychiatric Association (1995). Using these criteria and multiple methods to collect comprehensive information from multiple informants, ADHD can be reliably diagnosed in children and adults.

Myth #11: Children outgrow ADD or ADHD.
FACT: ADHD is not found just in children. We have learned from a number of excellent follow-up studies conducted over the past few decades that ADHD often lasts a lifetime. Over 70% of children diagnosed as having ADHD will continue to manifest the full clinical syndrome in adolescence, and 15-50% will continue to manifest the full clinical syndrome in adulthood. If untreated, individuals with ADHD may develop a variety of secondary problems as they move through life, including depression, anxiety, substance abuse, academic failure, vocational problems, marital discord, and emotional distress. If properly treated, most individuals with ADHD live productive lives and cope reasonably well with their symptoms.

Myth #12: Methylphenidate prescriptions in the U.S. have increased 600%.
FACT: The production quotas for Methylphenidate increased 6-fold; however that DEA production quota is a gross estimate based on a number of factors, including FDA estimates of need, drug inventories at hand, EXPORTS, and industry sales expectations. One cannot conclude that a 6-fold increase in production quotas translates to a 6-fold increase in the use of Methylphenidate among U.S. children any more than one should conclude that Americans eat 6 times more bread because U.S. wheat production increased 6-fold even though much of the grain is stored for future use and export to countries that have no wheat production. Further, of the approximately 3.5 million children who meet the criteria for ADHD, only about 50% of them are diagnosed and have stimulant medication included in their treatment plan. The estimated number of children taking Methylphenidate for ADD suggested in some media stories fails to note that Methylphenidate is also prescribed for adults who have ADHD, people with narcolepsy, and geriatric patients who receive considerable benefit from it for certain conditions associated with old age such as memory functioning. (see Pediatrics, December 1996, Vol. 98, No. 6)

fido e
what about ADD in adults?

undisciplined adults?

they told me i have ADHD.. I just don't care about anything in life and can care less when people yell at me.. heh, sticks and stones.. thanks for teaching me that mommy and daddy..

Wow there are lots of people with opinions here that are either blessed with perfect children or don't have children and have no idea what it is like to live with a child who has been diagnosed with ADD/ADHD or other behavioural disorders.

As to being a real medical condition, the debate will continue to time's end. I'm sure those who live with a child who has been diagnosed will attest that it is a real medical condition, others who have never lived with it will say no. Yet others will use it as an excuse for some children who really are just undisciplined. But how can anyone really tell.

I have a son who was diagnosed with another behavioural condition at the age of eight. It is definitely real. How do I know? I have six children, five of whom are well balanced, loving caring individuals. These five are also well behaved most of the time, but of course have their moments as do all kids.

My son on the other hand has always had difficulties with social skills, following rules and other things that we all take for granted. He burned our house down when he was eight years old. has been in constant trouble for violence at school since the tender age of four and at the age of thirteen was kicked out of school permanently.

He started beating up on his younger siblings when he was eighteen months old and has not improved a great deal, even though he has been brought up with the same values as the other five kids.

No-one knows the heart-wrenching grief and guilt these conditions cause the parents to feel unless you have walked a mile in their shoes.

So before passing judgement on others look for the imperfections in your own back yard. There are enough stigmas for kids to deal with these days.

Very real medical condition, yet it is widely over diagnosed. You can't hold that against people who really have it though, and claim it isn't real.

I think they are real conditions, but I also believe that giving the kids medications that alter their brain chemistry is not the right thing to do.

My husband, if he were a kid right now, would probably be consider ADD or ADHD. He is a very active person with a very active mind. He did get into a lot of kid type trouble when he was a youngster and was sometimes disruptive in school. If he were in todays school system, I am sure that he would be medicated to the gills.

dillon b

Mom of 2 great boys
I think that there is such a condition but until about 15-25yrs ago it wasn't really recognized.

I do not believe it has anything to do with disciplined.

My son is ADHD and he is very well disciplined. If he wasn't put on medication, his world would be upside down.
Before the medication he was pulling D's and F's.
Now, he is a straight A student and a brilliant career ahead of him.
I wish I had the medication when I was going to school, many moons ago. Maybe I would have been honor roll.

Do what is best for your child and don't make them suffer because they can't concentrate.

yeah it's real but too many kids use it as an excuse.

Are ADD and ADHD real? YES!

Are these diagnoses sometimes misused by parent to avoid disciplining their children? YES!

I was diagnosed with ADD at the ripe old age of 38. It would have been extremely helpful if this had been diagnosed when I was a youngster. Life has been very frustrating because, although I have a very high IQ, I could never sit and study. If this condition had been caught when I was younger, I could have been Ta=ught how to deal with ADD, I would have learned how to study, and my life would have had much more meaning. I would have had a chance at a professional career and a fulfilling job.

ADD and ADHD are real.


Living proof---MY 3 SONS! All are ADHD. I have tried to go without medicating them, but that put me in the hospital myself. They get plenty of exercise, hardly watch tv or play video games. They are active in sports and scouting but that still didn't curb their energy level...I have modified their diets, didn't work...once I medicated them, they started to calm down. They weren't destructive or anything but they could not sit still for more than a minute. If I was lucky they would sleep 2-3 hours per night at the most.

Currently they are 11,9 and 6. I have had them on medicine for the last 5 yrs (well the older 2), the youngest son was just diagonised not too long ago. I am finially seeing them get the rest that they need but we are still doing all of our acitivies. Their grades have improved this year, so far all have been straight A students, where as before they were c-d students. It
is real to me. If you don't believe it is, I will send my three boys to stay with you for a week without med and you can see for your self.

Definitely. But I also think boys being boys get misdiagnosed all the time. They should make the tests more complex to prevent this.

Yes...ADD and ADHD ARE real conditions, BUT (and that's a BIGGGG but) they are too commonly misdiagnosed. There ARE so many children who are misbehaved, not allowed to release their excess energy, etc., who are "diagnosed" as ADD or ADHD. They are real conditions, but parents go in and tell their pediatrician they think their child had ADD or ADHD because of this, that and the other thing (which are all "symptoms" of these condtions) but they "forget to mention" that their kid doesn't go outside and run during the day and play (some kids DO have excess energy and need to be worn out sometimes) OR they go to daycare all day and when they get home, mom and dad put NO restrictions on them and they run buck wild and their parents can't calm them down. Anyway...just my opinion.
*EDIT- My brother in law is ADHD. The tell tell sign that MOST people can't grasp is that when a child/adult is ADD or ADHD it doesn't matter most of the time if they can't concentrate on something. Someone with ADD or ADHD CAN concentrate on something, but it is the period of time that they can concentrate on something. Like my bro-in-law. He can sit down a do something for about 30-45 minutes, but after that, he HAS to get up and do something else. Kids in school with ADD or ADHD CAN concentrate, but he/she can't sit and concentrate on one certain subject for an hour and a half, and that is why these children have failing grades and THEY are the ones that DO need help with their condition.

They are real medical conditions.... BUT... they are definately over used as a "quick" diagnosis... Yes, some children that just need discipline and consistancy are misdiagnosed as ADD or ADHD so they can be given a "magic pill". It's sad really...

yes i do think they are because my friend liam has it and is allways hyperactive and doesn't listen at the age of 15

I believe they are real, but also wildly misdiagnosed.

Yes, it is very real.

Yes. My son, and brother both are AD/HD.

They are real but I believe a lot of kids are being diagnosed with it who don't have it.

Turquoise- chan
Of corse they are. I have it. It is not undiciplined kids because my parents raised me to be a proper, respectful, intelligent young lady. ADD Is for kids who can't focus on things (especially things that they find uninteresting) for a llong time and ADHD is for kids who do all that pluss theyare really fidgety, and they can't control it. I have ADD. You can't grow out ofit, either.

You're a mother, aren't you?

Is mental retardation a real medical condition or are they just really stupid and annoying? Add and Adhd are real medical conditions. They definately overdiagnose and overprescribe medicine for it which is what makes people think it maybe isn't real. If you have ever met anyone who really suffers from either of these disorders and isn't just some annoying kid who's teachers told the parent you put them on Ritalin you would understand it's a real disorder.

Mary K
I think both are real medical conditions.

There are some children, and adults, that definitely have it. Born with it, genetic, but can be controlled.

That being said, I think it's more than a coincedence that ADD or ADHD is diagnosed in kids that eat lots of sugary snacks, soft drinks and all kinds of convenience and junk foods. These all contain chemicals that effect the brain and how it functions. I think some people are more sensitive and effected by them, and the reaction is in effect an allergy.

I also think that problem is magnified when you couple it with parents that don't set boundaries, offer little or inconsistent discipline, low expectations, and no study skills. It's no wonder that the kids have a hard time achieving their potential in school, or paying attention. They are feeding their body with the wrong foods, and they are also not getting the direction they should from their parents. A bad combination.

I do think there are some people that would have it, regardless of diet or parenting, but I think most of the time, it's preventable, and overly diagnosed.

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