AD/HD is a neurobiological disorder that affects an estimated 3 to 7 percent of school-age children and an estimated 4 percent of adults across racial, ethnic, and socioeconomic groups. While the exact cause of the disorder is unknown, studies indicate that AD/HD runs in families and suggest that genetic inheritance is an important risk factor. AD/HD is characterized by impulsivity, inattention, and in some cases, hyperactivity.
“The volume of real scientific research about AD/HD is immense. Unfortunately, junk science and misinformation have increasingly dominated public discussions about AD/HD, causing confusion in the minds of many,” said E. Clarke Ross, D.P.A., CEO of Children and Adults with Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (CHADD), and father of a child with special challenges. “Efforts such as AD/HD Awareness Day allow us to revert the focus to legitimate science, clear up confusion surrounding the disorder and get people the help they need.”
A few short years ago, I seriously did not believe that AD/HD existed. I thought it was an excuse for bad parenting. It took a few years, a lot of evidence, and much consideration to change my mind.
In honor of my family members and friends who have AD/HD, I’d like to point you to an excellent article:
ODD COUPLES! Finding peace and respect in the marriage where one of you has ADD and the other doesn’t