Is Add a Disease or an Excuse> Essay

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Most, if not all of us, are familiar with the phrase, “I lost my train of thought”. This idiom is used when a person forgets the subject matter of what they were talking or thinking about. It either happens by an interruption from an outside source, i.e. a person, thing, or noise, or by an internal thought that closely relates to the subject being talked about. The majority of people in todays’ world have at one point or another used this expression genuinely in conversations, expressing their frustration of forgetting what their point was or where they were taking the conversation to. This behavioral action is a form of Attention Deficit Disorder, better known as ADD. The example used is probably one of the least severe symptoms of ADD, but nonetheless a form of the so called disability. According to Merriam Webster’s dictionary, ADD is a syndrome of disordered and disruptive behavior that is not caused by any serious underlying physical or mental disorder that has several subtypes characterized primarily by symptoms of inattentiveness or primarily by symptoms of hyperactivity and impulsive behavior. ADD is also called minimal brain dysfunction. ADD has existed for hundreds of years but the condition was not recognized until the early to middle part of the 20th century. Early terminology was based on assumptions about the causes of the disorder. In the 1930’s, children with ADD-like behaviors were called “brain damaged” or “brain injured” because it was known that brain damaged persons showed similar behaviors. By the 1950’s, it became clearer that, although many children exhibited the same set of behaviors as those referred to as “brain damaged”, neither conclusive history of brain trauma, nor the presence of abnormal neurological signs could be documented. The assumption was made that neurological dysfunctions were causing these problems, but were too

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