There is not only one method for attention deficit disorder diagnosis, and as a result, people with ADD are often missed by the system. I know. I was one. You see, as a child I suffered from attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. My problem was that I didn’t have enough of the warning signs. I was achieving good grades in my classes, and although I had some behavioral problems, they were minor ones.
Strangely enough, it was a friend who gave me the attention deficit disorder diagnosis. He had had childhood ADHD for many years, and he recognized the symptoms in me. The hyperactivity, the inability to pay attention and the quick but disorganized thinking, were all clear signs. I went to the doctor and took a test for attention deficit disorder. Sure enough, my friend had been right!
In my case, it wasn’t that important. As I explained, I did fine in school before my attention deficit disorder was diagnosed. For other children, however, not obtaining a timely attention deficit disorder diagnosis can be a massive problem. At other times, the children are just labeled no good troublemakers and develop low self-esteem as a result. This condition is treatable, but only if it is noticed. If it isn’t, these kids can grow up just thinking that they are just bad kids unable to get their school work done. This can have huge consequences, as you might imagine.
Once an attention deficit disorder diagnosis is made, the patient can start treatment. Don’t get me wrong – Ritalin in fact helped me a lot, but what I really needed that I was never given was a class in how to organize my life. ADD is more than just a chemical imbalance. Pills do help, but so does therapy and counseling. There are study strategies that children can learn, as well as biofeedback methods to help control the ADD.