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Attention Deficit Disorder

Alternate Names : ADD

Attention Deficit Disorder | Symptoms & Signs | Diagnosis & Tests | Prevention & Expectations | Treatment & Monitoring

What can be done to prevent the condition?

Many times, ADD and ADHD cannot be prevented. However, these measures may be helpful:

  • avoiding pregnancy risk factors, such as drugs, alcohol, and smoking
  • obtaining good prenatal care beginning in the first trimester of pregnancy
  • taking steps to avoid lead poisoning in the environment
  • What are the long-term effects of the condition?

    Without effective treatment, ADD and ADHD can cause serious problems at school, home, work, and in social settings.

    What are the risks to others?

    ADD is not contagious and poses no risk to others. There may be a genetic component to the disorder.

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    Attention Deficit Disorder: Treatment & Monitoring

    Author: Michael Johnson, MD
    Reviewer: Barbara Mallari, RN, BSN, PHN
    Date Reviewed: 09/07/01

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