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Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD) and Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) are the most common mood related disorders being diagnosed today.   ADD/ADHD are the names of impairments of cognitive and executive functions that often appear together  and respond to similar treatments. Incidences of the disorder may have different causes or reasons for having ADD/ADHD.  ADD/ADHD often with time will become co-morbid with other disorders such as Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, Tourette’s Syndrome or Tic Disorders.

What is ADD/ADHD

ADD/ADHD are generally placed within a spectrum of disorders that primarily affect the right frontal lobe of the brain.  This area of the brain is mainly known for non-verbal communications, controlling impulsive behavior, and spatial attention skills, to name a few.

The Spectrum of Right Hemisphere Disorders

Learning Disorder Spectrum

ADD/ADHD Statistics

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Estimates vary , but  incidences of ADD/ADHD are considered to be as low as 3% and as high  as 10%.   This  means it can affect as many as 1 in 10 school age children.

Males tend to be affected more then females by a ratio of 4:1

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