The Onset and Diagnosis of Attention Deficit Disorder – Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder

Attention deficit disorder was formerly thought to be a disorder only affecting children. The symptoms of ADD generally begin to show at or prior to the age of seven. They begin as a lack of attention and increasing impulsiveness. Around 3% to 5% of children suffer from this neurological disorder and it is twice as common for boys to have this disorder as girls.

Up until the last decade or so, it was thought that only children suffered from attention deficit disorder. As more has become known about the disorder, it has become clear that many adults – as much as 5% – also suffer from ADD. While they may not have been diagnosed as children, chances are they have had ADD their entire lives.

Of those adults that were diagnosed with ADD as children approximately 10-40% continue to suffer from the disorder as adults. The reason it often seems as though people "grow out" of ADD is most likely that the adults that were diagnosed as children have learned coping mechanisms and skills that have helped them overcome many of their symptoms.

One of the biggest problems physicians face when diagnosing ADD is that the symptoms are often the same as symptoms caused be other disorders and diseases. Head trauma, mental disorders and other brain issues can all cause symptoms similar or identical to those of attention deficit disorder. It is only through a series of very specific testing that ADD can be correctly diagnosed.

A physician attempting to diagnose ADD in a child will conduct a thorough physical and neurological exam along with a set of psychological tests to measure social and emotional factors as well as IQ. The diagnosis process will most likely also include observation of the patient and interviews with parents, the patient and the patient’s teachers. Being that 75% of ADD cases are genetic, a family medical history can also be helpful in correctly diagnosing ADD.

Because adults are better able to communicate any issues they may be having, it can be easier to diagnose attention deficit disorder. The physician will start with a standard physical exam to rule out any physical issues that could be the cause of your symptoms. He or she will then ask you about the symptoms you have been experiencing and for how long you have noticed them. Standard ADD tests will also be administered which include symptom checklists and methods of testing attention-span. Your friends and/or family may be asked to be interviewed to discuss your symptoms and you will also be asked about problems the symptoms may have caused or are currently causing.

As researchers and doctors learn more about attention deficit disorder, it becomes easier and easier to correctly diagnose the disorder. This is important because the earlier ADD is diagnosed, the earlier coping mechanisms can be taught and symptom treatment can begin.


Do You Love What You Do?

I’ve been asked to feature this article again.  It appears finding out what you love to do is a concern for us all.  Here you go.

What Do You Love To Do?

What turns you on? What do you love to do? Why is this so important? For one thing, when you are immersed in what you love, life is easier. Isn’t it? When life is easier abundance seems to show up all around you.

People seem to confuse “what you love” and “passion”. You hear it all the time. I’ll know what I love to do when I find my passion. It’s actually the other way around. When you find something that feels so good and natural to you, get into action. Start exploring whatever it is. Learn about it. Talk to others. Get involved. Follow someone around who does the same thing. See if you like it. Jump in. You just might become passionate along the way.

OK. What’s possible when you find what you love to do? If you’re a person living with ADD ADHD, the symptom, signs and behaviors of ADD ADHD seem to disappear. This affects all areas of one’s life. Various social media monitoring studies by Salesforce show that 60% of people suffer from some sort of DSM listed medical disorder.

How about money?

The first rule of money is – Do what you love to do and the money will come. Frank Coppola’s rule of money is – Do what you love to do and the money will come IF you know what you love to do! If in any way you are somewhat stuck about what you love to do, here’s a simple exercise to try:

1. Take a moment to clear your mind.

2. Breathe five deep breaths. Five seconds in. Five seconds out.

3. Remember a time or times when you were feeling unstoppable. You felt solid. This could have been some success in sports, graduation, or connecting stamps. Maybe the register person at the supermarket gave you too much money and you returned it. Maybe you made someone laugh. These are your moments and memories.

4. Feel how that feels.

5. There is usually a connection between these moments and what you love to do.

6. Work with people who are supportive and interested in helping you find what you love: Avoid people who use any words like, you should, you could, why don’t you.

I make money doing what I love to do. For me it’s about connection and relationship with others. It’s what I do. It’s what I am.

What could it be for you?

As a Focus Management expert, I’ve learned with the help of my coaches and mentor’s how to stay on task while I am juggling four activities. Sounds strange and it works. This can be done once you discover what makes you smile and fills your heart with fire.

Be Competitive Teleclass

FREE Teleclass Thursday, September 30, 2010

I'm going to come right to the point. I am so excited to pass this along.

Join me this Thursday for a complimentary teleclass that will provide you with a secret to adding prosperity to your life!

First of all, The More Life Tour in St. Louis was a huge success. David and Suzanne were, as usual, inspiring.  The entire More Life Tour support team was excellent.  They truly took care of me as well as the other speakers Lynne Jacob:; Linda Hough: and Blue Melnick:

I had the privilege to speak to a group of about 70 people/entrepreneurs with and without ADD ADHD. I made a point to show how people with ADD ADHD have similar traits to entrepreneurs, the people in business and/or people who want to be in business but have no roadmap. 

On this particular day I'm pleased to say I was their GPS, where creativity and excellence were highlighted.

ADD Millions

How to Use the Brilliance of Your ADD ADHD Traits 

to Build a Multiple Six-Figure Income.

Thursday, September 30, 2010 at 8 PM

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There are principles I've discovered over my years in business in communication, education and entertainment and what it takes to build a multiple six-figure business and be enormously successful. Now I know success means different things to different people. I’m speaking of personal and professional prosperity and success where you set the goals you wish to reach.

The response to the presentation was overwhelming.  So much so that I've had people who heard the talk contact me.  They feel that what they learned was so powerful and life-changing that they urged me to share this with you.

One of the main principles I spoke about was how to take the very challenges we all haveand turn them into a positive force. Success and prosperity starts in this very place AND if you don't know what you're looking for, you just might miss the opportunity right in front of you. 

I know this one personally because when I found out – my life, income and happiness exploded.  I've quadrupled my business with just one of these simple principles.  I expect to double that within 6 months.  The ADD Millions FREE Teleclass is your first step. I'm giving it away. It's yours – you just don't know it yet!

I know this is short notice but on Thursday, September 30, 2010 at 8 PM I will share with you this new and important information.

Be Competitive Procrastination

The Trip to St. Louis – On The More Life Tour

I decided to skip the plane and hit the road for my trip out to St. Louis this week. The goal is to leave on Friday and arrive in St. Louis by late afternoon on Saturday in time to refresh, enjoy dinner and get an early start on Sunday. I'll be keeping a travelogue on Facebook and my blog,, so stay tuned!

I'll be introducing my new Money-Making Secrets Teleseries as part of my presentation. The teleseries is on how to systematically use your creativity, energy and "Your Bright Shiny Object Syndrome" to build a multiple Six-figure Business. The series which consists of 3, 1-hour teleclasses presents the secrets, keys and paths you can use to reach your business success goals.

And you don't have to have ADD ADHD to benefit from this teleseries as we all experience similar obstacles in our lives; lack of focus, disorganization and procrastination affects us all.

Coaching Procrastination

FREE 15-Minute ADD Business Mindset Makeover – Hurry, Space is Limited

Wouldn’t you agree that it’s your natural birthright to live a happy, prosperous and abundant life?

I held a teleclass last week and our group made some truly amazing and insightful connections. Whether or not you were able to experience that call or not, I decided it was important to share this information with you.

What if you could remove the negative self-talk blocks you have to make all the money you want? What if you could remove this negative energy and create massive POSITIVE action in your life and reach your business goals?

If you’ve ever felt overwhelmed with all the tasks you need to complete on a daily basis or frustrated you keep missing appointments or you just can’t seem to finish what you started. If you could only keep focused, stop procrastinating and get organized, you know your business would soar.

We need to talk!

To bust through and go beyond, we need to shift our perspective. It takes a MINDSET MAKEOVER. Because I know you're ready for the PERFECT breakthrough, I decided to offer you a FREE LIVE 15-MINUTE ADD BUSINESS MINDSET MAKEOVER.

Let’s focus on what is the single most important business question you have right now. A one-on-one makeover session will explore how your current MINDSET could be strangling your desires, hopes and dreams; limiting you financially. I will provide you insights and ideas you can begin implementing right away!

You’re doing great? Fabulous! Here’s an opportunity to see what it takes to get to the next level.

But you need to get in the schedule!

Send an email right now to schedule your COMPLIMENTARY PERSONALIZED 15-MINUTE ADD BUSINESS MINDSET MAKEOVER. Limited spots are still open. Whether you're an entrepreneur, business owner or you’ve thought about turning your dreams into a business, I urge you to join me for this important MINDSET MAKEOVER.

But you must contact us before noon, Tuesday, August 24, 2010. Please take a moment and send an email to Tracey!