Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder
By: Niatha Cullen
23 OCT 2011
Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, more commonly known as ADHD, is becoming more and more popular in today’s society. There are many definitions and theories as to what ADHD really is, well here are the symptoms included in this disorder. Inattention, impulsivity, and hyperactivity are the three present symptoms of ADHD. When the child seems easily distracted or has trouble following rules or tasks, this is where we see the inattention symptom come into play. Children also seem to be forgetful and very unorganized as this symptom progresses. Impulsivity is the second symptom and this includes acting before thinking things through and cannot help but to interrupt class discussions or any conversation. The third symptom talks about hyperactivity which means that the child is restless, fidgeting, or chattering, and has trouble staying in one spot. ADHD is more commonly found in a 2:1 ratio meaning two boys for every girl have this disorder. Girls have been found to be the ones under diagnosed because the hyperactivity does not show as much as it does in boys.
In most cases, infants who have ADHD are very active, have a difficult time understanding why things don’t go their way, irregular sleeping patterns, as well as irregular eating patterns. Children are easily evaluated in their everyday life situations due to the short attention span most infants have. As time goes on, many parents think their child will outgrow their behaviors therefore losing each symptom that had ever declared them ADHD, this is not true. These children could possibly carry these behaviors such as restlessness, unable to concentrate, or inappropriate behavior, for the rest of their life. As adults, these children could get into law breaking and car accidents, abuse to drugs and alcohol, and possibly emotional problems that could lead to death.
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