ADHD: Diagnosis, Treatment, Etiology, and Treatment Outlook

analytical Essay
1976 words
1976 words

ADHD: Diagnosis, Treatment, Etiology, and Treatment Outlook Attention Deficit with hyper activity Disorder commonly known as ADHD is classified as a disruptive behavior disorder usually diagnosed in childhood. ADHD is the most commonly diagnosed behavior disorder of childhood. It appears to be more common in boys than it is girls. This Disorder is more common in boys than in girls and approximately five in one hundred children are affected (Busing). There are three subtypes: Predominantly hyperactive-impulsive, predominantly inattentive, combined hyperactive-impulsive and inattentive (most children have the combined type of ADHD)( age of onset of ADHD is usually in preschool to early elementary school years. According to the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual “ the essential feature of Attention Deficit /Hyperactivity Disorder is a pattern of inattention and /or hyperactivity-impulsivity that is more severe than is typically observed in individuals at a comparable level of development”(DSMIVtm,p.78). The second essential feature is that the symptoms began before the child was seven years old. (DSMIVtm). As the child begins school or gets into early elementary school, when they should be able to focus and sit still and listen, their symptoms become more apparent, and that is usually when they get diagnosed (surgeon general). Another essential feature for diagnosis is that impairment must be in at least two settings. ( Adults can have ADHD , although if they do, it existed undiagnosed when they were children.( Adults may unknowingly have ADHD. These are adults who may lack organization skills, be unable to keep a job, and forget appointments. Day to day life for an undiagnos... ... middle of paper ... ...on Deficit Disorder (ADHD) | Psych Central." Psych Central - Trusted Mental Health, Depression, Bipolar, ADHD and Psychology Information. 2007. Web. 28 May 2010. . "Mental Health: A Report of the Surgeon General - Chapter 3." Office of the Surgeon General (OSG). Web. 25 May 2010. . Myers, Dr Bob. "About ADHD « ADHD – Children: Information Tips for Parents." Child Development Institute - Keeping Parents Informed on Child Development, Psychology, Parenting. Child Development Institute. Web. 03 June 2010. . Stubbs, R. "ADHD - Ty Pennington Speaks Up." Web. 03 June 2010. .

In this essay, the author

  • Explains that there is a genetic predisposition to develop adhd, but it is difficult to separate it from the environment.
  • Analyzes how ty pennington was able to channel his abilities, once treated with a medication effective for him, and he went on to become famous.
  • Explains that adhd is the most commonly diagnosed behavior disorder of childhood. it is more common in boys than in girls.
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