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What Do You Want People To Know About ADD/ADHD?

Because it's so much more than just being "easily distracted."

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If you are diagnosed with ADD/ADHD, you know that it can be a very complicated and personal disorder.

A quick note: ADD/ADHD is a neurological disorder characterized by difficulty sustaining attention, lack of self-control, and impaired working memory. It’s now more often classified in medical literature as attention deficit / hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), but lots of people (including some doctors) still refer to it as ADD. We will refer to it as ADD/ADHD in this article.
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A quick note: ADD/ADHD is a neurological disorder characterized by difficulty sustaining attention, lack of self-control, and impaired working memory. It’s now more often classified in medical literature as attention deficit / hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), but lots of people (including some doctors) still refer to it as ADD. We will refer to it as ADD/ADHD in this article.

So you may have also had to deal with some judgement or stereotypes from people who don't understand ADD/ADHD.

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Caroline Kee / Via buzzfeed.com

But we want to set the record straight. So tell us, what do you wish people knew about the disorder?

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Maybe you wish more people understood that it's a legitimate neurological condition that changes your brain.

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You can find Attention Deficit / Hyperactivity Disorder in the DSM-V (the manual used by doctors and psychologists to diagnose mental health disorders).

Or that there are actually three different types of ADD/ADHD.

The three types are characterized by which symptoms are strongest in the individual. They include "Predominantly Inattentive Presentation," "Predominantly Hyperactive-Impulsive Presentation," and "Combined Presentation."
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The three types are characterized by which symptoms are strongest in the individual. They include "Predominantly Inattentive Presentation," "Predominantly Hyperactive-Impulsive Presentation," and "Combined Presentation."

Maybe you want people to understand that it impacts every part of your life and relationships — not just school.

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Perhaps you wish more people understood what your medication does and why you need it.

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Or maybe you just want people to know that having ADD/ADHD doesn't make you any less intelligent.

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No matter how long you've been diagnosed with ADD/ADHD, we want to know what you think other people should understand about the disorder and how it affects your life.

It's estimated that about 8 million US adults have ADHD. If you are one of them, we want to hear what you have to say.
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It's estimated that about 8 million US adults have ADHD. If you are one of them, we want to hear what you have to say.

Tell us in the comments section or submit your thoughts with a photo in the Dropbox below.

Sometimes, it's easier to express or explain what it's like to live with ADD/ADHD through photos (like I did here!) So feel free to either tell us in words via the comments section or send us a photo and description using the Dropbox!

If you’re having trouble uploading your photo, you can email it to caroline.kee@buzzfeed.com with the subject line “ADHD Post Submission.”

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