attention deficit disorder

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Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD)

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

Note: 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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