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3. How do YOU define ADD ?

We use two terms in our practice, ADD (going along with the broad definition as mentioned on the previous page) and True ADDTrue ADD we define as having an irregular mental tempo (i.e. the tempo at which the patient thinks or performs is erratic and irregular). There are bursts of thought with pauses or gaps during which distractions can slip in.  A simple, but not all encompassing test you can do at home is to place a sheet with the alphabet written out on it in front of your family member.  Ask them to point to each letter, from Z to A and say the letters out loud.  While they are reciting the letters in reverse order, record a series of hash marks in a line on a page, with the spaces between the hash marks denoting the interval between the family member saying the letters.

If the tempo with which they recite the letters to you is regular (Z… Y… X… W… V… U… T… S… R… Q… etc.), then it is unlikely that they have true ADD. They probably have a problem with one or more other cognitive processes.

If the tempo is irregular, such as Z….. Y. .X .W…. V…. U….. T… S.. R. Q… etc., then they either don’t really know their alphabet (such as the case of a child in kindergarten or first grade), or they may have True ADD, which is usually in conjunction with other cognitive problems.

Let's next look at the causes of ADD-like behavior.

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