What Exactly is ADHD?

ADHD Awareness Q&A and Key Messages 2014

 What exactly is ADHD?

ADHD, or Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, is one of the most well-recognized childhood developmental problems, and it affects four to six percent of the U.S. population. So many of those people could find lasting, long-term relief from ADHD symptoms with an intensive one-on-one brain training program.

How does brain training work for people with ADHD?

Brain training works by strengthening the underlying mental skills that we all need to read, think, reason, remember, and pay attention. Cognitive skills testing generally confirms that most people with ADHD have weak cognitive skills, including memory, processing speed, and attention skills. At LearningRx, our intense, one-on-one brain training targets those skills and strengthens them to the point where there is no longer a deficit. The results are amazing. For many students, the symptoms subside, the need for medication disappears, and the diagnosis, and the label, no longer fit.

 Why should parents choose brain training?

Medication doesn’t do anything at all to actually eliminate the symptoms of ADHD. Brain training addresses the root cause of the problem and often puts an end to the need for lifelong symptom management. Plus, new research says that medications can make things worse in school, and can have some pretty unpleasant side effects – insomnia, irritability, a sense of emotional numbness, and loss of appetite, which can lead to stunted growth. The only side effects of brain training are positive: stronger attention skills, better learning ability, and soaring confidence and self-esteem.

Can brain training help adults with ADHD?

The brain is capable of change at any age, so this powerful alternative that brings such great results in kids can absolutely have the same life changing effect for adults with ADHD. Without an intervention like intense one-on-on brain training, ADHD symptoms will continue into adulthood for about 60 percent of children with ADHD. That translates into four percent of the U.S. adult population, or eight to nine million adults. Many of them could get significant, non-medicated relief with brain training.

Does LearningRx test for ADHD?

An ADHD diagnosis is a time-consuming process that depends on observations of the child, answers given to the child’s doctor, and a careful assessment by the child’s educators. We can test attention skills to determine if they are weak or strong. The free LearningRx Learning Skills Discovery Survey at http://lsds.learningrx.com will give parents a pretty good idea if more testing is required. It’s a great way for parents to gather information about their child to determine if a cognitive skill weakness may be the cause of their child’s ADHD symptoms.

General Knowledge Questions

What is the difference between ADD and ADHD?

ADD or Attention Deficit Disorder is a term that is no longer in widespread use. ADHD is now the generally accepted umbrella term for the three types of ADHD, including what used to be generally referred to as ADD. The three forms of ADHD are:

  • Inattentive Type – people with this disorder have trouble focusing, but they are not overly active and usually don’t display disruptive behavior (formerly call ADD)
  • Hyperactive/Impulsive Type – people are fidgety and can’t control their impulses, but they are better able to pay attention
  • Combined Type – applies to people with poor attention, impulsiveness, and hyperactivity

What causes ADHD?

There is no one known cause of ADHD. There is a genetic factor – it tends to run in families, and children with ADHD usually have at least one close relative who also has it. An “ADHD gene” has also been identified that brings a greatly increased risk of having ADHD. But there are other factors––symptoms have been linked to environmental issues like food dyes and toxins, and children whose mothers smoked while pregnant with them are twice as likely to develop ADHD.

People with ADHD may demonstrate these common symptoms:

  • Inability to focus
  • Short attention span
  • Easily distracted
  • Procrastination
  • Poor internal supervision or impulse control
  • Fidgeting
  • Daydreaming
  • Purposeless, or non-goal directed activity
  • Poor planning
  • Lack of organizational skills

Key Messages

  •  Brain training is noninvasive and fun
  • Brain training is safe, proven effective, and has only positive side effects, like improved self-esteem, confidence, reading skills, and learning ability
  • Brain training attacks the root of the problem to permanently reduce or eliminate the symptoms