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A very real disorder that often faces a lot of skepticism. This is largely due to the fact it is a very overprescribed and misdiagnosed illness, even more so then SSRI's for depression.

The most widely believed neurological cause of adhd is a problem with dopamine(catecholamine responsible for pleasure\reward system) over efficiency in the transport of dopamine leads to the reuptake before it's full effects are gained.

Dopamine is also vitally important when it comes to motivation and what we can derive pleasure from. eg. normal person can do activity A for hours adhd person being identical to the normal person but having the overactive reuptake loses interest and the ability to persevere with activity A much much faster.

This dopamine problem becomes especially problematic when it comes to the frontal lobes leading to problems with attention, memory and problem solving.

Stimulant based drugs such as ritalin(methylphenidate) adderall(l-amphetamine, d-amphetamine), dexedrine(d-amphetamine), desoxyn(d-methamphetamine) all work by inhibiting the dopamine reuptake and by releasing dopamine, this works by fixing a lot of the dopamine related problems theorised to be the cause of adhd.

This ridiculous overprescribing needs to be stopped though, testing needs to be improved because at the moment it just gets handed out like candy. Just because billy is lazy and doesn't like doing his homework does not mean he should be slapped on prescription speed for the next 10 years of his schooling.

Multi - billion - dollar - pharmaceutical - company : "BLAR BUY MY PILLS"

Generic soccermum : "I need an excuse for the incompetence of my son who really doesn't have adhd, little do I know this is just something else my child doesn't need, oh look an ad for depression you know i was feeling kind of sad the otherday when a family member died I think i need a 12 month prescription to paxil or zoloft"

Multi - billion - dollar - pharmaceutical - company : "NNNnnmmmm dollarmoney"

*multi - billion - dollar - pharmaceutical - company resembling an overweight t-rex eats truckloads of money*

Generic soccermum : "My son has adhd and i have severe depression I can't handle life"

*boom suicide*

'warning paxil may increase suicidal tendancies'
by Neurotoxin January 22, 2006
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Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, the most over diagnosed and at the same time unrecognized disorder of 'em all. Most kids who are diagnosed with it, don't have it they just don't have parents that parent them. So they get prescriptions when they feel like focusing, but then the kids who really do have it have to pop pills every morning to normal out and when they forget too and try and apologize, people don't take them seriously cause of all the fake kids with it.
Billy must have ADHD because he can never focus
No ma'am, you just need to limit his mountain dew.
by Gabe Means May 18, 2008
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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."
by Richard Dickey November 30, 2005
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One of several supposed disorders a doctor may diagnose one of having. I was diagnosed with ADD, so I'm not BSing here. I was given Ritalin, which caused side effects such as appetite suppression and strange throat pain. After quitting the drug, I felt much better. I regained the weight and did not have any mental problems. Okay, so maybe I was a little hyper as a kid, but I blame it on the sugar.

I must say it is totally wrong and apalling to pass off someone diagnosed with ADD or ADHD as a retard or idiot, they probably are smarter than you ;), and are just a victim of modern "medicine".
Doctor: He has ADHD, I prescribe Ritalin. That'll be $150.
by spacecoyote17 July 18, 2006
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The most fun anyone can have without drugs. Its like never having to know what is happening anywhere but inside your own little world. It really bothers parents and teachers but sucks for them, the fuckers!
Seriously dude, my mom thinks I'm ADHD just because someti holy shit a squirrel I gotta go bye!
by rawrrrz June 17, 2009
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Attention Defecite Hyperactive Disorder in which we aka. NORMAL PEOPLE have trouble CONCENTRATING and at younger ages, sitting still! We are still able to function and I have found in my observation of myself, having ADHD, we actually tend to have more intelligence than the average perso so you need to stop calling us idiots because we are smater than you and we are normal people. Having ADHD affecst our living and you making fun of us makes it harder. Now we have to listen to ur bull and find ways to survive and get good grades so we can have good lives.
Teacher: Oh so I see you have ADHD!
Kid: SO THAT DONT MEAN NUTHIN IM STILL NORMAL U DONT HAVE TO POINT IT OUT CAUSE I AM NORMAL GOSH ACTIN LIKE WE ARE CONTAGIOUS
by ADHD KID January 14, 2009
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known as ADHD...or attention defficite hyperactivity disorder. i myself was diagnosed in second grade. it is commonly treated to boys and is harder for girls to be diagnosed. i have been on concerta(which is like ridalin but i only have to take it once a day). i hate being off my medicine because i fidget, i cant concentrate, or write anything without ending up drawing like unicorns or whatever on the paper;)...but dont think ADHD is this big bad disorder...because trust me nobody knows u have it unless u tell them. oh and this isnt a deffintion its more like a....ummmmm a ummmmm personal story or whatever.
I have had ADHD for most of my life, and im still a really cool person!
by kARa....... kara November 21, 2006
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