Understanding the Behavioral Problem of Attention Deficit Disorder

Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD) is a subset of Attention Deficit Hyperactive Disorder (ADHD). This simply implies that Attention Deficit Hyperactive Disorder has other components, basically three components, of which ADD is a part of. To really understand about this condition, it is important to take a holistic look at its medical causes, treatment, prognosis, therapy and other things relating to the condition.

Interestingly, ADD is a widely studied behavioral disorder and essentially, medical experts have proven that this behavioral disorder is the most prevalent or occurring behavioral disorder in the world and it occurs mostly among children but can also occur among adults.

What is Attention Deficit Hyperactive Disorder?



It has already been established that Attention Deficit Hyperactive Disorder (ADHD) is the superset of ADD. ADHD can be defined as a problem of not being able to focus and also of being overactive; inability to control behavior and sometimes, it may be a combination of these. ADHD may be generally subdivided into three classes as shortly outlined below:

  • Inattentiveness:

This implies not being able to focus and it is the aspect of ADHD that is generally known as attention deficit disorder (ADD).

  • Hyperactivity:

This implies being very active and hence not being able to control behavior or the activity itself.

  • Impulsivity:

This refers to not being able to control behavior. Impulsivity is not necessarily hyperactivity but they have things in common.

Usually, ADHD patients may absolutely fall into one group and not the other. In other words, you can find an ADHD patient that is completely suffering from ADD (inattentiveness) but the symptoms of hyperactivity and impulsivity do not show. More so, it is often common to find the symptoms of hyperactivity and impulsivity going together but it is also possible to find a patient suffering from either of the two.

How can ADD/ADHD be Treated?

It is important to note that the cause of attention deficit disorder (ADD) is not really known and usually it occurs in children but can also be carried to adulthood especially when not treated or when not treated well. However, ADD or ADHD can be treated and the treatment of the condition usually involves the sufferer. If the sufferer is a child, then the parents and/or the teacher may be involved in order to ensure that the condition is well treated. There are some specific steps that you should followed in order to treat the condition but the help of a medical expert is vital to these processes for the right results to be achieved.


•    To treat the condition, you need to set the right goal and make sure that those goals are made specific.


•    You may need to use medicine or in some cases talk therapy may be leveraged. Make sure that you contact a medical professional for the right medicine or therapy to use.


•    To ensure that the right results are achieved, make sure that you follow up the goals appropriately and check up with the doctor and also watch out for any side effect of the medicines given to you or to the child and if there is any side effect, quickly contact the doctor.


•    Usually medical professionals would prescribe psycho-stimulants or simply stimulants to patients suffering from attention deficit disorder. These are known as stimulants but do not worry they actually calm people suffering from ADHD.

Your Role in the Treatment Process of Attention Deficit Disorder

Adults suffering from ADHD may easily constrain it and control themselves but usually children are not able to do this. Whether you are an adult or a child, there is a responsibility you may play to help in the treatment process. For children, the parents/teachers may play the crucial role to ensure the best result in the treatment of attention deficit disorder. The following are how you may help your child suffering from ADHD but there are lots of other ways you may help:

•    Remember that ADD is a behavioral disease and therefore to treat it, you need to change the behavioral pattern of the child. One of the things you may do is to limit the distractions that take place in the child environment. These distractions could be in different forms but for effective treatment to take place you need to try as much as possible to reduce them.

•    Ensure that the child sleep well.

•    Ensure that the child has good balanced diet with enough fiber.

•    Always praise and encourage the child when he shows good behavior.


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