Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD) is the most commonly diagnosed mental illness among children, though it can also be found in adults. People with ADD have problems with inattentiveness, hyperactivity and impulsivity that affect their ability to successfully perform activities such as schoolwork.
In some cases, normal childhood hyperactivity is misdiagnosed as ADD.
While alternative remedies are becoming increasingly popular, the most provably effective treatments for ADD are stimulant medications such as Ritalin and Adderall.
Popular medications for alleviating the symptoms of ADD have a number of risks and side effects that should be explored thoroughly before taking the medication. Some of the risks include sudden death, heart problems, misuse and addiction.
When ADD is properly treated, children and adults suffering from the condition can excel in jobs, schoolwork and other tasks requiring focus and attention.
ADD symptoms are usually present before a child is 7 years old, and include fidgeting and failure to complete tasks. It usually takes about 4 hours for the first dose of a stimulant drug such as Ritalin or Adderall to help ADD.