January 25, 2010
ADD and ADHD are common in children and growing more common. “Isn’t that when someone can’t pay attention?” Said Alex P., 7th.

ADD stands for attention deficit disorder. ADHD stands for attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. According to, symptoms of ADD and ADHD are: "Inattentive, but not hyperactive or impulsive. Hyperactive and impulsive, but able to pay attention. Inattentive, hyperactive, and impulsive (the most common form of ADHD)."

Diagnosing ADD or ADHD can be easy or difficult. Symptoms must have been present before age 7. Different symptoms have to be present for 6 months. The symptoms must be identified in two or more settings, like school, home, and social settings. The symptoms must be large enough to interfere with normal life. The symptoms are not caused by another physical, mental or emotional disorder.

If a person has been traumatized or has learning disabilities, they may or may not have ADD.

There are more than 11 different types of meds a child  with ADD can take. One of the most common is Ritalin. But there are many more such as Focalin, Ritalin SR,
Adderall, Dexedrine, Metadate ER, Adderall XR, Concerta, Metadate CD, and Strattera. Of course, not all medicines work for all children.  Its important to know that medicine dose not cure ADD/ ADHD.

Think you have ADD?  Take the ADD test, then talk to an adult: