Dr. med. Willy Hammerschmidt, specialist in general medicine, Röthenbach, Germany
There have always been hyperactive children. Such children drive parents and primary school teachers to despair because they are unable to concentrate on anything. Incapable of distinguishing between what is and what is not important, they constantly interrupt other people, walk around and cannot turn their hand to any clear-cut task. As far back as 1845, neurologist Heinrich Hofmann clearly outlined the behavioural characteristics associated with attention deficit disorder and hyperactivity disorder in his description of a “Zappelphilipp” or fidget.
We need to give a few brief definitions to start with.
ADS = Attention Deficit Syndrome
ADHS = Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Syndrome
ADD = Attention Deficit Disorder = ADS
ADHD = Attention Deficit Hyperactivity
Disorder = ADHS
HKS = Hyperkinetische Störung
HK = Hyperkinetic Disorder = HKS
We must always rem...