ADD/ADHD is a genetic trait. Thirty years ago, there was no diagnosis or treatment. While people exhibited the symptoms, they merely had to cope.
During the 1980s, treatment involved a Central Nervous System stimulant, believed to be a norepinephrine re-uptake inhibitor, which allowed such students to focus upon boring subjects, for a longer period of time.
During the 2000s, clinicians found that ADD/ADHD children often did not outgrow the symptoms. For instance, a child that was physically hyperactive as a child may simply talk incessantly, as an adult.
Incidence, therefore, has not increased. Only diagnosis & treatment has increased. ADD is not a genetic defect. Neither is it a disease.
Consider that some people get thin on carbohydrates, while others become obese. Some people have brown hair, others blonde. Some like football, others like Chess.
ADD is simply a different wiring pattern in the brain. It multi-tasks quite well. It acquires information through vision, and and observation.
Our modern society, however, tends to require long hours of focus, upon single boring subjects, tying people to a desk, using books that have few pictures.
Thus, ADD/ADHD people were wired properly for "beginning of time" to 1900, but poorly for 1901 until Present.
They tend to excel at Entrepreneurship, Military Service afield, and rapid troubleshooting. They tend to get an 'A' in chemistry Lab, but an 'F' in Lecture.
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No. There is a tremendous amount of medical literature backing up the legitimacy of ADHD. There has been much debate around the diagnosis of ADHD and the increase of prescriptions for psychostimulants which some view as unnecessary.
It is a 90% increase
No information has been released indicating that Paul Walker had been diagnosed with ADHD.
Absolutely. Anyone can be diagnosed with ADHD at any age. The essential thing, though, is that the symptoms had been there since you were seven years old or younger. Many people live with ADHD for years, even into adulthood, only to figure out on their own that the problems they were experiencing were due to something that was actually treatable.
In recent years there has been an increase in homeless people.
Yes; exercise has been found to increase attention and help reduce stress. For ADHD specifically, clinical studies have found that exercise can cause a lessening of symptoms. Exercise is best use in combination with a medication and/or psychotherapy.
As far as we can tell there has been no increase in actual instances of ADHD or Autism, but here has been an increase in diagnoses of ADHD - probably due to improved training of physicians.There may be an appearance of increased ADHD or Autism because:Most people are not really experts on ADHD or Autism and cannot distinguish between these conditions and simple bad behavior by otherwise healthy children.Increased societal breakdown - especially increasing breakdown of the family support structure and the resulting loss of mentoring, nurturing and discipline provided in families - has led to significant increase in bad behavior in children. Coupled with the inability of most people to tell the difference between "brats" and those afflicted with ADHD or Autism spectrum disorders it makes it appear that these afflictions are increasing.
It has always been a problem, it is just now that it has got a name "ADHD".
Diets and/or food restriction have not been shown to be beneficial in treatment of ADHD.
Chromosome 16 has been discussed as a possible indicator of ADHD. The scientific evidence is not conclusive on this.
Possibly because there has been an increase of human population over the past 50 years
Animals could potentially have ADHD since it caused by a defect in the dopamine receptors in the brain of mammals. There has been several models of ADHD in animals, but it is not yet treatable.