Well, there is an article about ADD, but ADHD is a much different thing. I thought it’d be good to write a little about it. ADHD stands for, “Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder.” I’m getting most of this information from the Natural Resource Center of ADHD. (http://www.help4adhd.org/)

What is ADHD?
Children and adults get ADHD. It is characterized by having problems with attention, impulsivity, and overactivity. 4-6 percent of school-age children have ADHD, and 2-4 percent of adults have it. Although many think ADD is different from ADHD, some say it’s not. I’ll go with that it’s not, since I believe that it’s a whole different thing.
What ADHD does to your life
Many people with ADHD can be very successful; for example, Robin Williams (credit for the fact that he has ADHD goes to Cazz NP). However, if you are not treated for your ADHD, many awful things can happen, such as depression (I had this for a while), school failure, and problems with relationships. Conduct disorder, substance abuse, and job failure. In order to keep these things from happening, it’s important to identify ADHD early on.
Symptoms
I will put an asterisk before all the symptoms that I have, just so you know that people really get these. =P There are different types of ADHD, according to an article I’m looking at. ADHD-I, or ADHD predmoninately inattentive type, makes a child make careless mistakes, fail to be attentive, not listen enough, not follow instructions, not be organized, dislike tasks that require mental effort, lose things, be distracted, or *be forgetful of daily activities. ADHD-HI, or ADHD predominately hyperactive-impulsive type *makes a child fidget a lot, or *squirm in his or her chair, have difficultly being seated, run around a lot, have difficulty being quiet, talk a lot, blurt out questions before they’ve been completed, not take turns well (I hate when people with this go into JJ2 test servers =P), or interrupt others. I probably would share these symptoms if I wasn’t very shy. ADHD-C, or ADHD combined type, makes a child have symptoms from both of the above listed things. Many people with ADHD have a two to four year developmental delay that makes them appear to be less mature and/or responsible than other kids their age. ADHD sometimes occurs when you get another condition, such as depression, anxiety, or learning disabilities. Teenagers with ADHD have issues with getting independence, dealing with peer pressure, avoiding drugs, driving, and their sex life.
Treatment
ADHD can be treated by parental training, education on ADHD, counseling, or medication (i.e. Ridalin, Concerta, Stratera, etc.). I was on Ridalin for a long time, but now I take Concerta. When I don’t have my medicine, I get very hyper, very figety, I seem to like girls a lot more, I don’t think before I do things, I can’t get comfortable, and I all around feel bad. The last time I had forgot to take my Concerta, I destroyed my folder in my Design and Drawing class in school and got in trouble for it. Don’t ask why =P. I also shouted out, “NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOBIE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!” out of an open car window at some pedestrians. This shows that people with ADHD are very dependent on medication, especially if they’ve been on the medication for a long time.


Finally, the article I used as a reference (http://www.chadd.org/fs/fs1.htm) has a lot of references itself in it. I suppose I should list them here…

1. American Psychiatric Association. (1994) Diagnostic and statistical manual of mental disorders (4th ed.). Washington, D.C.: author.

2. Barkley, RA. (1998). Attention deficit hyperactivity disorders: A handbook for diagnosis and treatment. New York: Guilford Press Barkley RA. (1998)

3. Wolraich, M.L. Hannah, J.N. Pinnock, T.Y., Baumgaertel, Al, & Brown, J. (1996). Comparison of diagnostic criteria for attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder in a county-wide sample. Journal of the America Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, 35, 319-324.

4. Murphy, K. R., & Barkley, R.A. (1996) The prevalence of DSM-IV symptoms of AD/HD in adult licensed drivers: Implications for clinical diagnosis. Comprehensive Psychiatry, 37, 393-401.

5. Adapted from the American Psychiatric Association. (1994) Diagnostic and statistical manual of mental disorders (4th ed.). Washington, D.C.

6. MTA Cooperative Group. (1999) A 14-month randomized clinical trial of treatment strategies for attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. Archives of General Psychiatry, 56, 12.

7. Brown, T.E. (2000) Attention-deficit disorders and comorbidities in children, adolescents, and adults. Washington, D.C.: American Psychiatric Press, Inc.

8. Goldman, L.S., Genel, M., Bezman, R, et.al. (1998) Diagnosis and treatment of attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder in children and adolescents. Journal of the American Medical Association. April 8, 1998-Vol 279, No. 14, pg. 1105 (1100-1107)

9. U. S. Department of Health and Human Services. (1999). Mental Health: A Report of the Surgeon General (Children and Mental Health). Rockville, MD: DHHR, SAMHSA, CMHS, NIH, NIMH.

10National Institute of Health. (1998). Diagnosis and treatment of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. Washington, D.C.: NIH Consensus Statement 1998 Nov 16-18; 16 (2): 1-37.

11. Spencer, T., Wilens, T., Biederman, J., Faraone, S. V., Ablon, J. S., & Lapey, K. (1995). A double-blind, crossover comparison of methylphenidate and placebo in adults with childhood- onset attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder. Archives of General Psychiatry, 52, 434-443.

12. Swanson, JM, McBurnett K, et al (1993) Effect of stimulant medication on children with attention deficit disorder: a “review of reviews.” Exceptional Children, 60, 154-162.

13. Barkley, RA, Fischer, M., Fletcher, K., & Smallish, L. (2001) Young adult outcome of hyperactive children as a function of severity of childhood conduct problems, I: Psychiatric status and mental health treatment. Submitted for publication.

14. Biederman J., Wilens T, et al (1999) Pharmacotherapy of attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder reduces risk for substance use disorder. Pediatrics, 104, 2.

15. Weiss G, Hechtman L., Milroy T, et al (1985) Psychiatric studies of hyperactives as adults: a controlled prospective 15-yr follow-up of 63 hyperactive children. Journal of the American Academy of Child Psychiatry, 23, 211-220.

This is not proofread. It probably has lots of mistakes ;( Enjoy the article.

Also, a lot of people in the JJ2 community have ADHD. I think it seems much more common than 2-6 percent.


Comments

JelZe on December 13, 2003 06:00

It seems handicaps (disorder is actually a wrong term) in the autistic spectrum are getting more well known.

Yes, people with ADHD can be hyperactive as children, but as adults it’s a different story. In short, people with ADHD want to keep themselves busy, with just something, no matter what. Anyone can have that. However, like with all autistic handicaps, the severity of the symptoms is a factor. Also, one can have ADHD with symptoms of other handicaps. I, for one, seem to have Asperger (without the anger attacks then), with a bit of ADHD

- JelZe GoldRabbit =:3

Lark on December 13, 2003 06:00

I have just the opposite of JelZe: ADHD with a bit of Aspergers. My Aspergers is limited to scab picking, and stuff.

American on December 13, 2003 06:00

I do not want to sound mean, but there are already many similar articles on this subject.

JelZe on December 14, 2003 06:00

Trafton: with subjects like this one, you can never have too many. Autism houses many mental handicaps, and ADHD is one of them. My article (which btw has the most comments of all: 58 ;p) discussed autism as a whole, labratkid went deeper into one handicap related to it.

- JelZe GoldRabbit =:3

DanYjel on December 14, 2003 06:00

Jelze, are you sure (Autism houses many mental handicaps, and ADHD is one from them?) It can be reason why I can’t concentrate and I will thank you. I have Asperger syndrom and I have problems with concentrate, teachers hate me because it. Really thanx.

JelZe on December 15, 2003 06:00

Yes, I’m sure. I’ve gone to a special school for my last year for high school. The school specialises in children with mental handicaps who simply can’t learn in the regular system, in the most cases it’s related to autism (ADHD is the most common form in that school btw)

- JelZe GoldRabbit =:3

Lark on December 15, 2003 06:00

Danyjel, I really doubt your teachers hate you.

Stijn on December 17, 2003 06:00

I don’t want to spoil anything, but why did you post this here?

DaPete10 on December 17, 2003 06:00

Go post it on that website instead of here! Then (people will learn more there).

DaPete10

(So many content edits today! -Trafton)

DanYjel on December 18, 2003 06:00

>>>Danyjel, I really doubt your teachers hate you.<<<
I know somebody doesn’t hate me. But, for example: English conversation subject. I am (that’s not joke) in best quarter of class (that’s not correct sentence, am I right?). And I got 20 %, the worst mark in class. Strange, no? NO. It’s because my teacher, Mohamed, really hates me. He doesn’t greet me, he doesn’t talk with me. Sometimes I am talking with Mohamed. He tells me: “Don’t annoy me.” And when I ask, how I annoy, he tells me “You know.” But I don’t.

Cazz NP on December 23, 2003 06:00

My ADD is very similar to ADHD-I. I have that and a touch of autism and aspergers

ADHD/ADD SUCK OUT LOUD. There can never be too many topics about it.

snzspeed on December 29, 2003 06:00

No offence, but why did you post this?

DanYjel on January 02, 2004 06:00

WHY NOT?

ÄÉæÛÕ on September 22, 2004 01:42

One of my teachers has that.

Neon PSY on November 02, 2004 21:58

Gosh, I know a kid who I think has ADHD. Because whenever we are just sitting down or resting. He just suddenly sreams. Like he\‘s on a roller coaster or something.

Jarno vos on August 16, 2005 20:39

Good work jj2 company
u are not only for game
also for helping people!
thanks all.
people that have adhd or autism
are also even cool as the others.
~Jarno
At this i thanks the j2o staff!

pjman on February 06, 2006 08:50

I have ADHD with a majority of Aspergers.
I agree with Labratkid that you are very dependent of your medicines (I must have 3 pills 3 times a day!)
my brother has it too, but he has only ADHD, nothing special with it.
I take Concerta, he takes stratera.
Good article!

Anagram on April 20, 2007 03:59

I have ADHD, (not sure which type) but I don\‘t really recall having any of those symptoms… I don\‘t have any kind of autism, but my brother has it, and my cousin has more severe autism.

~[GpW]NinjA on January 01, 2009 13:41

This is FUCKING HILARIOUS. Even though it probably wasn’t meant to be. It’s crazy it’s 6 years old.

Cobra NF on July 16, 2009 22:41

neon PSY, ur freind screams like that bcuz he has wat is known as ….PANIC DISORDER………AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! GLAD I COULD HELP