Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder

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This paper will attempt to describe Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). The different causative factors, as well as the diagnosis of this disorder will also be described. Finally, the different treatments that are available for ADHD will be discussed. Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder is a psychological condition that usually begins in early childhood and often lasts into adulthood (University of Illinois, n.d.). Have you ever noticed a child having trouble concentrating, that can't seem to sit still, who interrupts others during their conversation, or has acted impulsively without thinking? Most of us can think of a child that has these problems, but for some children, these behaviors are uncontrollable and can interfere with their ability to form friendships or their success in school (Bussing & Grohol, n.d.). "There are three broad sets of symptoms associated with ADHD: inattention and distractibility, hyperactivity, and impulsivity;" however, it is not necessary to have symptoms from all three of these areas to be diagnosed with ADHD (University of Illinois, n.d.). The hyperactivity and impulsivity symptoms are more prevalent in males and are more severe earlier in their childhood. Many children with ADHD also experience secondary problems, which can include academic problems and problems with their peers (University of Illinois, n.d.). Children who have symptoms of inattention may be easily distracted, have difficulties focusing, become bored easily, have no organizational skills, or just can't seem to complete or turn in their homework. Children who have symptoms of hyperactivity may have trouble sitting still and being quite, or they may seem like they are constantly "on the go." C... ... middle of paper ... ...rders/childhood-adhd/ Butcher, J., Mineka, S., Hooley, J. (2010). Abnormal Psychology, 14th edition. Retrieved from Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). (2013, November 13). Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD): Data & statistics. Retrieved from National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH). (n.d.). Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. Retrieved from html?utm_source=REFERENCES_R7#pub8 University of Illinois. (n.d.). A student's guide to attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). Retrieved from %E2%80%99s-guide-to-attention-deficithyperactivity-disorder-adhd/

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  • Explains that the paper will describe attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (adhd), the different causative factors, and the diagnosis of this disorder.
  • Explains that attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder is a psychological condition that usually begins in early childhood and often lasts into adulthood.
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