attention deficit disorder

[ uh-ten-shuhn def-uh-sit dis-awr-der ]
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  1. ADD.

Origin of attention deficit disorder

First recorded in 1980–85

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British Dictionary definitions for attention deficit disorder

attention deficit disorder

  1. a disorder, particularly of children, characterized by excessive activity and inability to concentrate on one task for any length of time: Abbreviation: ADD

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Cultural definitions for Attention Deficit Disorder

Attention Deficit Disorder

A disorder characterized by a difficulty in retaining focus, especially on tasks, for long periods of time.

Notes for Attention Deficit Disorder

One of the most common reasons children are brought into therapy, ADD is often treated with the somewhat controversial drug Ritalin®, which is thought to work by stimulating the attention-focusing structures of the brain.

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