Yes, an actual disorder. There are several variations and it is often waved off as a "rumor made to sell Ritalin" by the ignorant, arrogant, or some frustratingly ludicrous combination thereof. As a teenage girl with a fairly severe case of this myself, I can honestly tell you that this is a real disorder with real consequences and real problems that have to do with brain activity.
Also, Ritalin is *not* the solution to everything, and from me that's saying something, since it did do a lot for me. However, Ritalin without family counseling, general tutoring and effort from all sides essentially does nothing. Besides, there's some bad side-effects as well; hell, the meds I'm on right now do wonders for my concentration but have made me twenty-two pounds underweight, as an example.
Girl's ADD is also different than Boy's ADD. Girl's ADD often goes unnoticed because of societal gender differences in early childhood. We're not as jumpy or wild physically, so people think we're just shy or typical daydreamers or even typical girls being girls. However, there really are myriad cases of girl's ADD which are undiagnosed.
Adult ADD is also not a myth. An overwhelming majority of people who "grew out" of ADD were really just misdiagnosed; it can be confusing, as ADD often accompanies LD's and other neurological/physiological/psychological disorders. Therefore, most Adult ADD is present, because a lot of people from the 70's and earlier were never diagnosed. ALternatively, it is part of America's insulting trend to blame everything on it.
In short, this is dispell rumors that ADD isn't real, and also to please request that those who are not knowledgeable AND those who don't have anything at all and are just bullshitting to get out of something respect those of us who do have ADD. America's generalizing has made a lot of us uneasy about our futures now that everything bad is wrongly blamed on it.
So shut your ignorant mouths about us. Let us do the talking.
A real medical diagnosis found in the DSM along with the criteria for diagnosis, and treatment.
There are many different symptoms, shown in many different ways, but everyone whom actually has the disorder suffer from a chemical imbalance within the brain.
Opinions as to ADD/ADHD's existence is silly at best. People smarter than us, whose jobs it is to decide these things, have. So, everyone whom states the "fakeness" of the disorder is quite confidently shouting their ignorance.
ADD/ADHD has been around a lot longer than most think-the 1980's was NOT the discovery. Years and years ago, it actually underwent a name change; and I'll warrant that few people who scream "ADD is fake" would have trouble screaming "Brain Damage is fake!" Yep. ADD/ADHD used to be the diagnosed medical condition, Minimal Brain Dysfunction/Damage. Pretty sure that exists too.
Now, the extremely excessive diagnosing of ADD/ADHD is irresponsible and reprehensible and certainly doesn't positively impress the ignorant public. (and before there are more screams, there is absolutely no negative connotation to the word 'ignorant'...it simply means "unaware of" or "lacking knowledge".
Don't blame me for never hugging him. It's the ADHD.
Society views the symptoms of ADD/ADHD as unconducive to productivity and naturally it labels them as a disease. Leading children to believe they have a psychological disorder from a young age and convincing them that their symptoms are unnatural perpetuates the idea that they have special needs. Just because you don't do well in school it doesn't mean you have some life changing disability.
"But wait, thats only for people who think they have ADD! I am part of the minuscule 16% of people that actually has it, you arrogant pig-whore! I'm special."
16% of 300 million, the population of the U.S. is still an absurdly large number. Even more absurd is the idea that because you don't like working hard in school like every other kid that you deserve extra attention.
Don't buy into the idea that falling short of societal expectations is a disease and consider people with real problems like people with Leprosy, HIV/AIDS, Restless Leg Syndrome, Pre-mature Balding, Spilled Milk, and Ebola. You want to hear about real problems? Talk to a midget, those guys are fucked up.
Unbiased Scientist: "Well you brainless sheep, all you need is a punch in the throat and maybe to stop blaming your problems on made up diseases."
ADD kid: "What? I wasn't listening because I don't have to, I have ADD/ADHD"
Unbiased Scientist: "Go beat up some queers or whatever it is you youngsters do these days. You don't actually have any problems."
"Hey Bob i got ADHD,look a rabbit,its raining,Blue 42... Blue 42...,what, Green, That cloud reminds me of , Good bye!"