I am one among many youths to be diagnosed with Attention Deficit Disorder. Poor parenting, family problems, poor teachers, poor schools, food allergies, too much TV, or too much sugar does not cause it. Attention Deficit Disorder is caused by biological factors with a strong genetic basis. In people with Add, regions of the brain that control attention are less active. People with ADD have been found to have less control over their thought processes. They have trouble paying attention and bounce from one activity to another.

Attention Deficit Disorder is a daily battle for me. One of the things that has helped me a great deal to accept my differences is realizing that I am not alone. Many others suffer and have suffered with this problem. I have found great comfort in learning about some people who hindsight has diagnosed as ADD.

I can certainly relate to Robert Frost who had the problem of daydreaming and not paying attention in class. He daydreamed so much that his elementary school administrators kicked him out of school. He couldn't handle the rigors of Dartmouth College. He attended Harvard as a special student but could not conform to that institution either. It is most interesting to note that he did return to Harvard. He returned as a full professor. His poetry won four Pulitzer prizes. That is not too bad for a daydreamer who had trouble conforming.

Legendary physicist Albert Einstein is also placed among those with Attention Deficit Disorder. He was expelled from school because he rebelled against the strictly authoritarian German High School that he attended. It is said that his learning actually accelerated after he was expelled because he could read what he wanted to rather than what the school curriculum demanded. I understand his frustrations and also have found most of my learning done outside of the classroom.

Another famous individual who may have had Attention Deficit Disorder is Thomas Edison. He had so much trouble in school that his mother took him out and began to teach him herself. When he was sixteen, he got the job of telegraph assistant. His job was to spend a report over the telegraph every hour. He felt that this job was a waste of time and invented a device that did the job for him. He was nearly fired when he was caught sleeping while his machine sent the hourly signal. I too find it hard to follow with routine mundane jobs and am always seeking ways to circumvent them.

These are just three of the famous people that I have learned who showed symptoms of ADD. Others include Galileo, Mozart, Leonardo da Vinci, Walt Disney, Winston Churchill, Henry Ford, Stephen Hawking, Jules Verne, General George Patton, and Hans Christian Anderson, but this list is hardly exhaustive.

As a youth diagnosed with Attention Deficit Disorder, realizing that many famous people who have made important contributions to society also had ADD makes me see my disorder in a positive manner. I know that I too can and will make a success out of this problem. I too intend to make an important contribution to society. I too will use my differences to think and do outside society's box and come up with something new and useful and important.