ADD / Attention Deficit Disorder

Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD) is a neurodevelopmental disorder impacting an estimated three to five percent of school-aged children. Generally beginning in childhood, ADD can continue into adulthood, and can impact every aspect of life, including school, work, finances, relationships, self-esteem, and more.

There is a second type of attention disorder in which hyperactivity is a factor. This type is referred to as Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD).

Before a diagnosis of ADD is possible, symptoms must be present for at least  six months. Signs can include poor organization, forgetfulness, and distractibility. The idea that kids and adults with ADD have an attention “deficit” may be somewhat misleading, since studies continue to show that while people with ADD can struggle to focus on tasks they find boring or unpleasant, they can often maintain extreme focus on other activities they find fun or interesting.

It’s commonly accepted that people with ADD struggle with weaknesses in executive function*, which are the brain skills responsible for, among other things, organization, self-control, time management, attention, planning, and remembering details.

You or your child may or may not see improvements in cognitive skills after LearningRx brain training programs. 

* Brown TE (October 2008). “ADD/ADHD and Impaired Executive Function in Clinical Practice”. Curr Psychiatry Rep 10 (5): 407–411.