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ADDA'S Awareness Campaign Offers Resources and Education to Adults Living with AD/HD and Professionals Working With Them
Date:9/4/2007

MOUNT LAUREL, N.J., Sept. 4 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Approximately 85 percent of the 8 million adults living with Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (AD/HD) remain undiagnosed due to a lack of knowledge and the negative stigma surrounding this neurobiological disorder. Without proper medical and behavioral treatment these adults are likely to suffer from depression, anxiety and relationship problems.

In order to increase understanding of the disorder and provide hope to people with AD/HD, the Attention Deficit Disorder Association (ADDA) is marking the fourth annual AD/HD Awareness Week (September 16-22) by providing education, resources and support to those affected by AD/HD and professionals working with them. U.S. Senator Maria Cantwell (WA) issued Senate Resolution 295 designating September 19, 2007 as "National Attention Deficit Disorder Awareness Day."

With the aim of increasing awareness of this disorder and empowering individuals through education, ADDA is dedicated to providing resources to adults with AD/HD, their friends and relatives, as well as professionals working with them all year long.

AD/HD symptoms can include:

-- Difficulty paying attention to tasks and completing projects

-- Failure to follow instructions carefully and completely

-- Losing or forgetting important things

-- Habitually fidgeting; squirming

-- Chronic boredom and restlessness

-- Talking excessively and frequently interrupting others

Fall Regional Meetings and Teleclasses Provide Education, Networking and Support

"Awareness Day is a great opportunity to educate members of your local community and help promote awareness," said ADDA President Linda Anderson. "There is so much misinformation out there and so many people still do not know the facts about AD/HD. It is our duty to educate them and increase the percentage of adults and children who are properly diagnosed and treated."

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