A common misconception about human beings is that we are always in control of our emotions and impulses. While this is true for the majority of us, there is a viable percentage of people who suffer from psychological disorders which hinder their ability to control what they say and do. This is particularly true of people who suffer from Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD).
People under the influence of ADD behavior often act out in a seemingly illogical manner. Those who suffer from uncontrollable ADD behavior might, for example: make careless mistakes, seem distracted when being addressed, fidget in their seat, forget something they’ve just learned, or display the tendency to ramble incessantly. One of the major challenges sufferers have to face is the feeling that they are not in control of their ADD behavior. It can be frustrating for a parent or friend to try to interpret the rationale of someone exhibiting ADD behavior; the frustration is probably ten-fold for the sufferer who only wants to be and feel normal.
There are three common features for sufferers; these include hyperactive behavior, an impulse control problem, and a short attention span. These three features combined can hinder sufferers from leading productive lives. The frustration incurred when dealing with this lack of control over their ADD behavior can often lead to social withdrawal, drug and alcohol abuse (to dull their senses), and emotional eruptions.
Only in the rarest and least severe cases, will a sufferer come to control his/her own ADD behavior; in the majority of cases it will be a significant hurdle to manage ADD behavior independent of professional aid. However, if sufferers regularly attend sessions with a psychiatrist, attend local support groups, and take their medication as prescribed, they too can come conduct themselves in a responsible manner.