Attention-Defecit/Hyoeractivity Disorder

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Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder

Attention-deficit hyperactivity (ADHD) is a prevalent disorder in which individuals display difficulty with attention and/or impulse control and hyperactive behavior relative to most individuals of the same age and gender (Barkley & Mash, 2009). Also known to be prevalent in conjunction with ADHD are significant deficits in many areas including educational, family and peer relationships. In order to diagnose a child with ADHD they must exhibit a number of inattentive, impulsive and hyperactive behaviors over a period of 6 months, which should be present in school and at home, and which significantly impair daily functioning (Daley & Birchwood, 2010). Evaluation for ADHD can provide a clear understanding of the functional impairment and a sound basis for initiating treatment, including which problems to prioritize. ADHD is most commonly treated with medication, classroom behavior interventions and parent training (Barkley & Mash, 2009).

Main behavioral concerns

ADHD comes along with many behavioral concerns. The disorder-related syndromes are associated with a variety of problems, including cognitive deficits, poor academic performance, and impairment in social functioning (Chiao-Ling, Yu-Kai, Yuan-Shuo, Chia-Hao, Chung-Ju, & Tsung-Min, 2013). Cara is disorganized and losing her homework which is affecting her grades. She is often blurting out in class and is very fidgety which tends to annoy her classmates. Cara is also having difficulty maintaining friends. Her teachers have described her as being socially immature. She has a history of being impulsive and getting out of her seat, she is impatient in lines and during transitions and does not follow through on her tasks and responsibil...

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