Medication and Therapy to Treat ADHD: Is This the Best Option?
According to the Center for Disease Control’s website “approximately 9.5% or 5.4 million children 4-17 years of age have ever been diagnosed with ADHD, as of 2007.” (Division of Human Development, N.C., 2011) Most of society has heard of ADHD but may not know what that acronym stands for. ADHD stands for attention deficit hyperactivity disorder and it is a disorder that causes depression, stress, familial problems, and many other things in children across America and the world. Parents of children that have ADHD are not only dealing with a child’s behaviors, but also the decision of how to best treat them and their disorder. Parents that choose to use medication and therapy as a treatment plan for their children have seen significant positive changes and, with the support of teachers, doctors, and therapists, have been able to enrich the lives of their troubled children. It is important to understand what attention deficit hyperactivity disorder is before moving further with this discussion. Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, or ADHD, is found primarily in young people, but the disorder can carry over into adulthood as well. Studies that have been done on patients with ADHD show that a diagnosis is more common in children than adults. In recent years, there has been a significant increase in the number of children being diagnosed with ADHD than ever before in history. There are several variations of ADHD that affect children. These are: Combined Type (Inattentive/Hyperactive/Impulsive), Hyperactive/Impulsive Type, and Inattentive Type (webMD.com, 2011). The first of these, Combined Type, is the most commonly diagnosed of the three. There are several things that doctors look for when diagnosing a child with ADHD such as difficulty paying attention, hyperactivity, impulsive behaviors, low self-esteem, difficulty in relationships with peers, and poor performance in school. Because...
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