November 21, 2012
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder
This paper will discuss Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) as it is recognized by three main symptoms: hyperactivity-impulsivity, combined and inattention and how ADHD can be treated. Scientifically speaking, neurotransmitters in the brain are damaged, so this causes the person with ADHD to become spontaneous and easily distracted. The main cause of ADHD is still uncertain but scientists are linking ADHD to genetics. “Experts do know that ADHD has a strong genetic component. In addition, they think that genes that control the levels of certain chemicals in the brain called neurotransmitters seem to be different in those with ADHD (Dendy, 39).” Next, the three types of ADHD will be explained: combined ADHD, inattentive ADHD, and hyperactive-impulsive ADHD along with the diagnosis and the treatment. ADHD of either inattentive, combined or hyperactivity-impulsive is not only among children, but also in adults and will be a struggle that no one will know about until they can relate. For children to be diagnosed with ADHD, they must have at least six different symptoms such as inability to sit still or difficulty focusing. A child with ADHD must also start showing signs at the age of six years old. When a person mentions Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) people often also associate Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD) to be the same thing, which, in reality, they are not. The symptoms of ADHD include inattention and/or hyperactivity and impulsivity. These are traits that most children display at some point or another. It is thought that only children and adolescents under the age of 18 are affected by this, but, more adults over age 18 are affected by ADHD as well. To establish a diagnosis of ADHD,” the symptoms should be inappropriate for the child's age” (Barkely, 65). Children with ADHD have been known to mature slower than a...