The ability to focus is something that a great deal of people take for granted. Many of us can identify with the difficulty involved in focusing on a homework assignment or a household chore when we are preoccupied with a more pressing emotional matter; however there is a growing number of people who find it nearly impossible to focus no matter what state their emotions are in. Many Americans suffer from ADD (Attention Deficit Disorder) which can impede the brain’s ability to focus.
It is estimated that roughly 5% of the United States’ population suffers from ADD – Attention Deficit Disorder. With a disability as common as attention deficit disorder (ADD), it doesn’t stand to reason that there would still be a stigma attached to sufferers; unfortunately, there is.
In school, many children who suffer from ADD attention deficit disorder are believed to be unruly, of low intelligence, or lazy. What their classmates, teachers, and principals fail to realize is that a person with ADD attention deficit disorder doesn’t intend to daydream, fidget, or ramble a mile a minute; their disability makes it difficult for them to control their impulsive behavior.
The actual symptoms of this disability vary with the individual, but it is important to recognize two things. The first is that ADD/attention deficit disorder is a disability, not a defect in temperament. The second is that over 50 years of research on this subject has aided neurologists and psychiatrists in developing ways for sufferers to effectively cope with their disability. With a combination of medication, behavioral therapy, and membership in a local support group, those who suffer from attention deficit disorder can come to control their inability to focus–thus, becoming productive members of their community.