The Changing Face of ADHD: A Roundtable Discussion
Support Mediaplanet talks to four industry leaders about the misconceptions surrounding Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder.
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD/ADD), a neurodevelopmental disorder, affects millions of Americans regardless of age, gender, ethnicity or socioeconomic status.
Recognized widely by medical organizations as varied as the National Institutes of Health (NIH), the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), ADHD causes significant impairment at work, in school, and throughout the lives of those affected by it.
Susan Caughman: Often mistakenly described as a behavior problem, attention deficit is in fact a disorder of the brain’s executive function, the ability to plan and prioritize, a disorder that is widely misunderstood and misdiagnosed. It’s time for the facts, as revealed in numerous recent scientific studies, to reach the mainstream.
Ruth Hughes: ADHD has many faces. It affects people of all ethnic backgrounds and all socioeconomic classes.
Michele Novotni: While once thought that mainly boys were affected by ADHD and that they would grow out of it, this is not true. We now know that both boys and girls, as well as men and women, can all live with the effects of ADHD.
Sarah D. Wright: There has been an explosion of research on ADHD in the last two decades. We know it is real and we know how to help people affected by this disorder.