“Estimates indicate that approximately 11% of school-aged children in United States have attention-deficit/ hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). Further, approximately 2/3 of these children are currently being medicated for this diagnosis. The most common medications are essentially stimulants like amphetamines or methylphenidates, including drugs like Adderall and Ritalin.”

( https://www.drperlmutter.com/tag/adhd/)

“The areas of the brain that are potentially damaged or disrupted by these medications include the basal ganglia, brain structures that are involved in coordinated movement. The other area that is potentially involved is the cerebellum, which also plays a role in movement

ADHD/ADD is a biological condition that typically impacts children at a young age and can persist into adulthood.”  (https://www.drperlmutter.com/tag/adhd/)

Children with the disorder typically:

  • Are overly active or restless most of the time
  • Struggle to focus and are easily distracted, especially at school
  • Are impatient and impulsive, doing sometimes risky things without thinking about what might happen
  • Have difficulty making and keeping friends

 

For adults, ADHD/ADD typically impacts the ability to plan and organize tasks, stay focused on work, and maintain healthy relationships. Those with ADHD/ADD may also struggle to learn from past mistakes or predict how their choices will affect the future.