AD(H)D

Hannah Dillon, Section Reporter

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I am at my computer. I start to look outside. But wait. I have to write this article about the thing that is affecting me. Oh look, there’s a squirrel! Sound familiar? It’s called Attention Deficit (Hyperactivity) Disorder, and this scenario is a common problem for people dealing with AD(H)D.

AD(H)D is something that affects at least 5% of the population and there are 5 million cases in the US per year. AD(H)D doesn’t just happen. It is something that has to be diagnosed by a doctor and normally follows a person for their whole life, and not just childhood. Some symptoms that might be experienced are aggression, excitability, fidgeting, and hyperactivity.

People normally assume that people with AD(H)D are annoying or uncontrollable, but that is not always the case. Some with this disorder can act just like someone without the disorder, and  friends may not know for someone’s whole life, but it’s okay for people to know, too. It’s whatever makes the person with AD(H)D the most comfortable.. Some people have to take medication for their AD(H)D, while others just deal with it, which can be a very unpleasant task.

Some very important or famous people have this disorder such as Howie Mandel, Michael Jordan, Elvis Presley, and Will Smith. Although I live with AD(H)D, I still live a normal life.