What is ADD/ADHD?
How it affects the brain, treatments, and more!
ADD is short for Attention Deficit Disorder and ADHD is short for Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder. Both of these disorders are fairly similar. ADD and ADHD is a problem of not being able to focus, being overactive, not being able to control behavior or a combination of these things.
With this disorder, the brain is matured in a normal pattern but is delayed for about 3 years. So, with this disorder, the brain is not technically affected by this disorder but the disorder is caused by the brain.
Typical treatments for this disorder includes stimulant medications and psychotherapy. Stimulant medicine taking for ADD/ADHD include methylphenidate and amphetamines. These stimulants promote wakefulness. All stimulants work by increasing dopamine (a neurotransmitter associated with pleasure, movement, an attention). The unpleasant side affects of the ADD/ADHD stimulants are high blood pressure, heart rate, and boy temperature and decrease sleep and appetite.