Behavioural problems and learning disabilities

Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD)

What is ADD?

Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD) is a congenital condition characterised by attention deficit disorder and concentration problems. As a result, patients may suffer depression, anxiety disorders and poor school and job performance. ADD is a subtype of ADHD and is also referred to as the predominantly inattentive type. ADD can occur in both children and adults.

What causes ADD?

ADD is caused by malfunctioning neurotransmitters. Neurotransmitters are molecules that transmit signals in the brain. People with ADD lack the neurotransmitters dopamine and norepinephrine. Consequently, information that is sent to the brain does not register very efficiently. This also changes activity in certain areas of the brain. In about 75% of cases, ADD is hereditary.

Symptoms related to ADD

The main symptom related to ADD is concentration problems, which causes the following issues:

  • Trouble planning and organising
  • Chaos and forgetfulness
  • Difficulty understanding explanations
  • Difficulty completing tasks
  • Mood swings
  • Inaction
  • Lack of motivation
  • Dreaminess

Because of these characteristics, ADD can severely affect relationships and performance at work and school.

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