The problem existed, it just wasn't well known. There is more to ADD/ADHD
then hyperness but I believe that there are more diagnosed today because it
is known and because some doctors misdiagnose other disorder as ADD/ADHD.
I have ADD (Attention Deficit Disorder). My brother has ADHD (Attention
Deficit Hyper Disorder). Those with ADD are not hyper, they are usually the
introvert, and quiet.
With ADD and ADHD the short attention span tends to be with them
comprehending and want to move on. Learning is not the problem as much as
retrieving it, which is why my brother and I were thought to be slow. It was
thought at one time that I needed to go to a "special" school if it were not
for my Kindergarten grades.
There is a myth that children grow out of ADD/ADHD. Basically, ADD/ADHD
people built failsafes, these failsafes start wearing away at about age 40
and need to be replace with new failsafes.
So yes, a child with ADD/ADHD can be raised without the meds.
Because the meds wear off usually leaving the problem at it's worst, I am
not in favor of meds as a solution but could be used in extreme cases.
I do not remember ADD either! If it *did* exist
then EVERY KID I knew had it to some extant or
another! I was a substitute middle school
teacher and a coach for awhile and if someone got
a bit 'antsy' a couple of laps did them a world
of good. Better than drugs and a much older cure in my book.