A condition that's largely misunderstood by both the general public and the medical community.
It labels a set of observable behavior patterns, primarily involving short attention spans, but there's a great deal of controversy about causes. Some researchers have discovered differences in brain activity in ADHD patients. But they've been unable to say whether they're merely looking at the affect of a behavior difference on the brain or a cause.
What we do know is this-- ADHD has become the "go to" excuse used by both parents and teachers unwilling to impose & teach discipline to their children and students. It is also a multi-million dollar windfall for the Ciba-Geigy pharmaceutical company
Teacher: "Mark has been acting out in class. I can't get him to focus on his work."
Parent: "Not my precious Mark. But he's my little genius!"
Teacher: "Then, it must be ADHD. Just ask your family doctor to prescribe Ritalin. Have in throw in some Xanax for you, too. Parenting a child with ADHD is bound to cause you anxiety."