Attention Defict Disorder
Were you looking for information about ADHD? Attention defict disorder is a common misspelling of attention deficit disorder.
Attention deficit disorder (also known as ADD) is a condition that typically develops in childhood. With this disorder, people often have difficulty staying focused on a task or sitting still for long periods. Children with the condition often act without thinking and have a difficult time finishing a project or activity. It is estimated that, in a classroom of 25 to 30 children, at least one will have ADHD.
Symptoms usually become evident in preschool or early elementary years. The disorder frequently persists into adolescence and occasionally into adulthood. Boys are two to three times more likely to have ADHD than girls are.
In 1994, the name of this disorder was changed to attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). Today, both names are used interchangeably.
(For more information, click ADHD. This article discusses some of the types, warning signs, and treatments of this condition. You can also click on any of the links in the box to the right for more specific information.)