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Short for "attention deficit disorder." An entrepreneur-friendly affliction, which is often the catalyst for producing disruptive or revolutionary ideas.
Many geeks suffering from ADD may not have an easy time in school, but they are being gobbled up by innovative companies, in spite of their odd or antisocial behaviors.
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While the term ADD, or attention-deficit disorder, has become increasingly popular among laypersons,
ADHD, or attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder, is the only clinically diagnosed term for disorders characterized by inattention, hyperactivity, and impulsivity used in the American Psychiatric Association’s Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorder, Fourth Edition.
There are actually three different types of ADHD, each with different symptoms: predominantly inattentive, predominantly hyperactive/impulsive, and combined.
Some professionals use the term ADD to refer to the predominantly inattentive type of ADHD.
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Stands for Attention Deficit Disorder.
A lot of people say they have it because they "sometimes have trouble paying attention in class" which is bullshit. That just means you have a boring teacher.
If you REALLY have ADD, then you can't pay attention to ANYTHING. If you try to read, do homework, watch TV, take a test, or listen to somebody, your focus will slide in and out CONSTANTLY. There is also ADHD in which you are also hyperactive.
Most kids will take medicine like Ritalin or Focalin to help them concentrate.
Dumbass: LOLZ LIEK I TOTALLY HAVE A.D.D. CUZ I CANT STUDY FOR EXAMZ LIEK LOL

Kid with A.D.D.: You dumbass you don't actually have A.D.D.
by ADDboi!1 June 15, 2011
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A mental disorder affecting many Americans. Symptoms include: becoming easily distracted, problems keeping focus in conversations, blurting out, frequent careless mistakes, avoiding tasks that require sustained mental effort (homework, studying, etc), giving effortless and undivided attention to topics the subject enjoys.

Many critics to the ADD diagnosis say patients are lazy, dumb, bored, and helpless. These people are idiots that fail to realized diversity in our population. They believe that because they can concentrate on tasks that need to be accomplished, everyone else can/should too. They say that people with ADD are lazy and no one likes doing boring daily tasks. They are right in that no one likes doing them, they are wrong in that some people simply can not focus enough to do so.

Everyone has problems. Whether it be mental, physical, etc. Saying a person with ADD is looking for an excuse is like saying a person with an handicap only has one for the sweet parking spot. I will admit, many people take ADD medication for the 'high' they receive, and this is wrong. But MANY drugs are abused, and people that truely have ADD shouldn't be punished. More understanding should be given to people that have been DIAGNOSED with ADD.
Ahhhhh crap, I really have ADD and can't focus on a day-to-day basis without my medicine. I have good days and bad days, but with my medicine I have continued focus. Thank you to whoever created this medicine that allows me to function on a 'normal' level daily.
by Add in Iowa April 15, 2006
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A legitimate mental disability often viewed as a made up excuse for poor performance in school (which it frequently is.) It is natural for children to display signs of ADD, this does not however mean they are afflicted. It means they are normal, well-balanced human beings. Symptoms generally fade in the early teens; if by 15 an individual's condition persists or worsens, they may (but not always) be justly diagnosed. However, for those who genuinely suffer, the clarity of mind the medication can provide is priceless and worth irritating fakers who discredit the illness.
This is not a sign of stupidity; in fact, ADD frequently affects those with above average IQ's, such as Ivy League students, and many renowned geniuses throughout history. Though the occasional genuine moron and/or average thinker will fall victim.
A test of whether or not the condition is actual could be if the individual in question has difficulty focusing on the activities they enjoy as well as activities they dislike.
While his fellow students have learned to concentrate on assignments, Alex remains unable to focus on the simplest task.
by Clarity March 01, 2005
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A disease every kid these days claims they have.
I have ADD. Me too. Me 3. Me 4. Fuck you.
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A MMORPG word used to tell other players that a player has picked up a few bad guys and they are following him/her to their location. It is a way of telling others that your bringing in the nasties. You are coming in hot.
Player 1: "I coming in with adds!"
Player 2: "How many?"
Player 1: "The whole HORDE!"
by The Green Griffon June 12, 2009
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