Attention Deficit Disorder is an important problem that has been recognized more in the past few decades, but has also garnered controversy. This is a disorder of attention and ability to shift attention. Diagnosis is made through history and interview, not a specific test. Many things may adversely affect attention and impulsivity including substance abuse, poor sleep habits, sleep disorders, adverse effects of medications and other causes. ADD may occur along with anxiety and depressive disorders. Untreated ADD may increase risk of substance abuse and other risky behaviors.
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