Attention deficit disorder is a condition that usually affects school-aged children and is characterized by inattention, impulsivity, or hyperactivity.
These disorders are occasionally a result of environmental stress.
Most cases, however, are felt to have a biological basis.
Attention deficit disorders should be differentiated from mental retardation, schizophrenia, or a manic-depressive state.
The onset is before the age of 7 years, and an estimated 5 percent of school-aged children exhibit characteristics of some form of learning disorder.
 I.Q. tests taken by these children are normal, and there are no neurologic abnormalities.
Attention deficit disorders may result in poor school performance.
In some cases, there are specific learning disabilities, such as visual-motor or speech defects.

Attention Deficit Disorder Treatment

Treatment of Attention Deficit Disorder is complex and should be coordinated with specific educators. There is no proof that dietary changes are beneficial.