Living with A.D.D.

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Coming out of the Closet.
A Handicap in the past is now the company's greatest asset. ADD - ( Attention-Deficit Disorder ) A physical inconvenience that causes social problems due to poor human engineering skills. Instead many ADDer's make up for it with intellectual intuition.. Once diagnosed, it can be effectively controlled, often revealing gifts, talents and skills that few other people have.

Other people with ADD.

Albert Einstein, Galileo, Mozart, Wright Brothers, Leonardo da Vinci,
Cher, Bruce Jenner, Tom Cruise, Charles Schwab, Henry Winkler,
Danny Glover, Walt Disney, John Lennon, Greg Louganis,
Winston Churchill, Henry Ford, Stephen Hawkings, Jules Verne,
Alexander Graham Bell, Woodrow Wilson, Hans Christian Anderson,
Nelson Rockefeller, Thomas Edison, Gen. George Patton, Agatha Christie,
John F. Kennedy, Whoopi Goldberg, Rodin, Thomas Thoreau,
David H. Murdock, Dustin Hoffman, Pete Rose, Russell White,
Jason Kidd, Russell Varian, Robin Williams, Louis Pasteur,
Werner von Braun, Dwight D. Eisenhower, Robert Kennedy,
Luci Baines, Johnson Nugent, George Bush's children, Prince Charles,
Gen. Westmoreland, Eddie Rickenbacker, Gregory Boyington,
Harry Belafonte, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Mariel Hemingway,
Steve McQueen, George C. Scott, Tom Smothers, Suzanne Somers,
Lindsay Wagner, George Bernard Shaw, Beethoven, Carl Lewis,
Jackie Stewart, "Magic" Johnson, Weyerhauser family,
Wrigley, John Corcoran, Sylvester Stallone,

Our greatest inventors, including divergent thinkers such as Thomas Edison, Nikola Tesla and Ben Franklin all exhibited traits of attention deficit disorder, and a solid link between creativity and ADHD has been established. Sometimes the problem behavior so typical of ADD children is a perfectly rational expression of extreme boredom and frustration with an incompatible environment and unrealistic expectations. And "symptoms" such as daydreaming and inattention may be tradeoffs for hidden creative talents, such as writing or inventing.


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Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (AD/HD) is characterized by developmentally inappropriate impulsivity, attention, and in some cases, hyperactivity. AD/HD is a neurobiological disability that affects three-to-five percent of school-age children and approximately two-to-four percent of adults. Although individuals with AD/HD can be very successful in life, without identification and proper treatment AD/HD can have serious consequences, including school failure, depression, conduct disorder, failed relationships, and substance abuse. Early identification and treatment increase the likelihood of positive long-term outcomes.

Until recent years, it was believed that children outgrew AD/HD in adolescence. This is because hyperactivity often diminishes during the teen years. It is now known that many symptoms continue into adulthood. If the disorder goes undiagnosed, untreated or is treated inadequately during adulthood, adults may have trouble at work and in relationships, as well as emotional difficulties.

Many adults with AD/HD were never properly diagnosed as children. They grew up struggling with a disability they did not even know they had. Others were diagnosed as "hyperkinetic" or "hyperactive" and were told their symptoms would disappear in adolescence. Consequently, many developed other problems that masked the underlying AD/HD.

Adults with AD/HD can be easily distracted, have difficulty sustaining attention and concentrating, are often impulsive and impatient, may have frequent mood swings and short tempers, can be disorganized and have difficulty planning ahead. Adults may also note feeling fidgety and restless internally.

Adults with AD/HD often experience career difficulties. They may lose jobs due to poor job performance,attention and organizational problems, or difficulty with interpersonal relationships. On the other hand, adults who are diagnosed and treated adequately can thrive professionally. This is especially true once individuals find their area(s) of strength. Building on these strengths while trying to learn social skills they should have learned in childhood can be daunting. Many do have a high level of success with their social skills. Often, people with ADD have highly developed skills and talents. In some people, these talents are developed beyond those who achieve the highest skills from academia.