The Attention Deficit Disorders Association-Southern Region (ADDA-SR) has served the community since 1987. Our mission is to provide a referral and resource network, support individuals impacted by attention deficit disorders and coexisting conditions and to advocate for the development of community resources and services. The organization provides referral service, free support groups for parents and adults and educational programs. Our workshops and annual February conference are for family members, educators and those in the mental health field.
ADHD is an often misunderstood, neurologically based disorder. To the uniformed, ADHD continues to be a “fad”, an excuse for socially unacceptable behavior, or simply the figment of someone’s imagination. Research has proven that ADHD is not caused by social conditions, poor parenting, ineffective discipline or laziness. Frequently inherited, symptoms may include attention difficulties, impulsivity, poor social skills, memory and motivation deficits. When the brain’s attention center is underactive, a number of ADHD symptoms may surface and impact performance in school and the workplace. The inattentive type occurs without the hyperactivity component. ADHD is a pervasive disorder, usually affecting all aspects of an individual’s life. Frequently, ADHD coexists with other conditions such as Anxiety, Depression and Bipolar Disorder.
These symptoms, which are lengthy in number, may seem overwhelming. However, more and more is being learned about the disorders and as a result, those living with ADHD can now turn to a variety of treatment options. The first step is to acquire a proper diagnosis from a mental health professional and a child or adult must be evaluated psychologically, physically and socially. Additionally, students should be evaluated academically. Only then can an appropriate treatment plan be formulated.