Attention Deficit Site Offers Wealth of Data

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Visitors who read the "ABC's of ADD" on the Attention Deficit Disorder Association's Web site will learn that one in 20 Americans has attention deficit disorder or attention deficit hyperactivity disorder.

Furthermore, almost two-thirds of children with ADHD will continue to have significant problems with symptoms and behavior as adults, affecting their lives, work, family and social relationships.

Knowledge about these disorders has grown, and the ADDA Web site is the perfect place to start learning about this sometimes emotionally crippling neurological problem.



CREATOR: The Attention Deficit Disorder Association is a nonprofit organization located in Highland Park, Ill. The group focuses on the needs of people with ADD.

CREATOR QUOTABLE: "We created the Web site to provide accurate and easily accessible information about attention deficit disorders to the general public, health care professionals, educators and members of the media," says Peter Jaksa, president of ADDA.

WORD FROM THE WEBWISE: ADD and ADHD have nothing to do with poor parenting, uncaring teachers or constant television viewing. The disorders most likely are caused by biological factors stemming from genetics. The person with ADD or ADHD exhibits a poor attention span and perhaps excessive activity and may have physical restlessness and impulsiveness. Treatments available include medication, behavior and cognitive therapy and help developing coping skills.

Visitors to this informative site will learn that ADD and ADHD are recognized as disabilities under federal legislation, including the Americans With Disabilities Act.

The site includes information on current ADD research and offers basic articles such as, "What Causes ADD?" This article, credited to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' Public Health Service, the National Institutes of Health and the National Institute of Mental Health, will help ease the minds of anxious parents who have been told their child has ADD or ADHD.

For parents, teachers and employers, the "ADD Treatment" section gives an update on the medication being used to treat ADD and articles exploring myths and facts about ADD and its treatment and how to deal with ADD behaviors in the classroom. …