ADD has become very common in today’s world. The most common learning and behavior
problem in kids is ADD. This condition was reported as far back as the early 1900s. The CDC
reports over 13% of boys have been diagnosed and over 5% of girls. Researchers have found
that ADD has been associated with relationship problems, work problems, emotional problems,
drug abuse, Alzheimer’s disease and diabetes.

The core issues found with ADD and ADHD are difficulty with focus/attention, easily distracted,
poor organization, poor follow through and impulsivity. These issues can be different in the
severity from person to person. That is one of the reason behind the frustration of many
families.

The terms ADHD and ADD are being used interchangeably lately. It is important to distinguish
the two terms and understand there are several forms of this health problem. ADD stands for
attention deficit disorder. ADHD stands for attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. Although it is
just one letter off, the conditions can look as different as night and day.

The hyperactivity component is what separates the two forms. We know that people diagnosed
with either ADD or ADHD usually have a hard time focusing and paying attention. Although
impulsivity can be an issue with both, we usually see it more in the ADHD form. The ADHD
cases tend to be louder and get in more trouble at a younger age.

The causes of ADD and ADHD are likely a combination of genetics and environmental stress.
Most people dealing with these symptoms have a mother or father that deals with a lot of the
same issues. Something often has occurred to make attention deficit manifest in the individual.
In almost every moderate to severe case of ADD/ADHD we see a history of head trauma and/or
lack of oxygen at birth.

The amount of ADD/ADHD kids has skyrocketed in the last few years. There has been a 41%
increase in the last decade. True ADD/ADHD cannot be spanked away. True ADD/ADHD
cannot be ignored. True ADD/ADHD has a brain based component that can be measured on
brain map. Brain maps are a 15 minute, non-invasive, computerized EEG analysis of brain
function.

We have helped hundreds of people, both kids and adults, dealing with ADD and ADHD. A
brain map can tell us if there is a neurological reason behind the ADD and ADHD symptoms.
You can reach us at 770.237.3970 or info@themartinclinic.com. We are located in Duluth,
Georgia (across from The Infinite Energy Arena).