ADD or attention deficit disorders is a condition that over ten percent of the male population
deals with in childhood. This condition is not a fad or a flavor of the decade diagnosis. ADD
was described back in 1902 by pediatrician George Still. Dr. Still spoke of children that were
hyperactive, impulsive and inattentive. ADD is real. ADD can cause serious issues for those
dealing with it.


A lot of people, including healthcare providers, believe people grow out of ADD. This is often
not the case. ADD brain pioneer, Dr. Daniel Amen, states “Many people never outgrow ADD
and have symptoms that interfere with their whole lives. Thirty to sixty-five percent of children
diagnosed with ADD will have disabling symptoms into adulthood.” That goes along with what
we have seen in the last decade. About half of the people that had ADD issues as kids have
issues as adults.


Many of the adults that had problems with focus, hyperactivity and impulsivity find ways to deal
with their issues or don’t put themselves in the environment where those issues can be
expressed. Many of the neurological problems are still there. The problems often manifest in a
different manner than they did in childhood. Many of the adults we see that are dealing with
memory issues, depression, anxiety, insomnia, chronic pain and addiction report ADD issues in
their youth.


Just as there
are many forms of ADD (seven), there are different severities as well. Not
everyone dealing with focus and attention problems has full blown ADD. One very effective way
of finding out if there is a neurological problem that is causing the focus and attention issues is
by getting a brain map. Brain maps are a 15 minute, non-invasive, computerized EEG analysis
of brain function. Full blown ADD and mild to moderate problem with focus and attention have
distinct neurological patterns. Brain maps provide answers and can lead to targeted
management of the problem areas.


We help many people with many health problems at The Martin Clinic. Optimizing brain and
nervous system function has helped many people over the years. We offer non-drug
management of many neurobehavioral and neurodegenerative conditions. ADD, in adults and
children, is something we help manage on a daily basis. Feel free to contact us with any
questions at 770.237.3970 or info@themartinclinic.com.