ADHD and ADD Basics

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ADHD: Learn About Symptoms, Find Support

Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) affects millions of children throughout the United States. Many more people think they might have it because the symptoms can appear quite commonplace. That is why the Internet is bustling with Web sites devoted to ADHD. Certainly the Internet is no replacement for a doctor, and almost all the sites below are quick to admit that, but this ADHD Web Guide is a tool that should not be wasted.

ADHD and ADD Basics

Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), also referred to as Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD), has three variations. Some sufferers mainly have trouble concentrating on a task but are able to remain still. Others can stay focused on a task but cannot keep still. The third group, the majority, experience both. Use this section to find information on ADHD and ADD basics.

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  • ADHD is usually associated with children. As a result, a majority of sites on the issue are directed toward parents. These sites tend to assume that the reader has little prior medical knowledge. But there are certainly sites out there for individuals with more in-depth medical knowledge.
  • If you're using a search engine to find information on ADHD, be sure to enter the full acronym: ADHD or AD/HD, not ADD. Although you'll find plenty of helpful results with "ADD," you'll be more successful with "ADHD," as the better-established authorities on the subject frequently use the official wording.

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ADHD Treatment

There is no cure for ADHD, but there are many treatments. There are many forms of behavioral therapy and a number of medications used to diminish the symptoms. The Web sites in this section detail how to diagnose ADHD and how to find ADHD treatment options, including behavioral therapies, medications and alternative treatments.

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  • The Internet can be a dangerous place to look for medication or medical treatment, especially when it comes to alternative therapies, because not everything on the Internet can be trusted. Make sure to consult only the most well established sites such as the Mayo Clinic and the American Academy of Pediatrics, or some of the others listed below.
  • The "About Us" section of a Web site is a great way to determine its validity. If a site doesn't have an "About Us" section, that is usually an indicator that it's not a valid source. For more on how to assess the credibility of health Web sites, see our findingDulcinea Health Web Guide.
  • There are a number of articles online suggesting new breakthroughs in medicine and recent studies. Make sure these articles are current by checking their publication dates.
  • Always consult your doctor before beginning any new treatment; ADHD should not be managed alone.

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ADHD Support

The effects of ADHD are not limited to the individual who suffers from the disorder. Sometimes family members feel they are to blame if their children are not able to concentrate or experience difficulties in school. The Web sites below provide numerous avenues for ADHD support.

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  • Many sites that focus on ADHD not only contain an abundance of information on the topic but also connect people who are dealing with the disorder with each other. These forums are not only meant for individuals suffering from ADHD, but also for parents and teachers who would like support.
  • The ADHD info sheets from the National Resource Center on AD/HD are great resources. Use them to find the most recent developments on ADHD.

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Adult ADHD Help

Due to the fact that the signs of ADHD generally develop early in childhood, ADHD is commonly considered a childhood disorder. Nevertheless, there are plenty of adults who might have symptoms of the disorder but are not aware of it. Fortunately, there are plenty of sites available that provide adult ADHD help.

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  • Many adults who have trouble holding down a job or concentrating don't realize that they might have ADHD. Medication and therapy can improve their quality of life tremendously but only if they seek help. There are many online tests that aim to bring attention to these symptoms so that people can consult a doctor for an ADHD assessment.
  • As great as some Web sites may be, it can be a pain to keep referring back to them as you try to stay up to date on developments. Instead, have the information come to you by subscribing to an e-mail newsletter. For example, the National Center for Girls and Women with AD/HD, listed below, sends out a monthly e-newsletter with news, events and lots of other information.

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ADHD Research and News

Medical breakthroughs occur so often now that it can be difficult to keep up with the news. As the most immediate source of information, the Internet gives you the opportunity to stay on top of the most recent ADHD research and news.

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  • The large organizations mentioned throughout this guide are the best places to find articles and studies about the latest research on ADHD. 
  • In our guide to ADHD, we provide you with hand-selected introductory and advanced resources to be used as a quick reference to get you started in your research. If you're looking for additional news and research sources for this or other diseases, check out our findingDulcinea Health Guide to learn the most effective techniques for finding them.

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