Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder By Lakisha Mitchell

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Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder

By Lakisha Mitchell

Nash Community College
Learning with Behavior Disorders

Catherine Jancso
EDU 222

10-22-11

Abstract

This paper explores the causes, symptoms, diagnosis and treatment of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder is a condition that can affect children and adults. ADHD in children can cause trouble with focus, patience, and over activity. ADHD is the most common childhood disorder and usually appear early in life often between the ages of 3 and 6. Children that are diagnosed with ADHD usually have problems at home, school and in their social life. ADHD symptoms fall into three categories: inattentive, hyperactivity, and impulsivity. The American Academy of Pediatrics has guidelines to help diagnose ADHD. The child’s pediatrician may suggest a combination of medication and behavioral therapy as part of a total treatment. Education of the child’s family is an essential component of any treatment plan, which includes special education programs, psychological intervention and drug treatment. Diagnoses, treatment, keeping track of progress are the three phases of managing ADHD. Studies show that long-term treatment with a combination of medication and behavioral therapy is far superior to just medication treatment. ADHD has nothing to do with intelligence or talent. Many children with ADHD are intellectually or artistically gifted.

Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder

Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder is a chronic condition that can affect children and adults in so many different ways. Children with ADHD may have some problems with focus, patience and over activity, but many children with ADHD can be successful in school and in life. Although no one knows for sure what causes ADHD, studies show that genes from the parent play a factor in causing ADHD....
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