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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.

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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.


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.

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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."


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.

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 with the subject line “ADHD Post Submission.”

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