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Your child isn’t ADD

April 23, 2012

The Pediatric Insider

© 2012 Roy Benaroch, MD

Your child isn’t ADD. Nor is he ADHD. Let’s be clear: what we say is important. Your child may have ADD, but I assure you that your child isn’t ADD, and isn’t any other disorder either.

This may seem like a bit of a rant today, but I’ve realized that a lot of parents and doctors seem to be talking about ADD and ADHD (Attention Deficit Disorder) as if it defines a person. The phrase “My child is ADD” may not seem very offensive at first, but think about it for a minute. Would you say “My child is asthma” or “My child is belly ache” or “My child is depression”? Physicians seem to be doing it, too. If a doc told me “Your child is ADD”, I’d say “no he is not.”

Your child is a person, with strengths and weaknesses. He might not be very good at staying focused, and he might be fidgety and impulsive. He might need to work on getting a good nights sleep and improving his exercise habits. He might even have ADD. But is he ADD? No. Your child, I promise, is not a disorder.