Attention Hyperactive Deficit Disorder

Powerful Essays
Attention Hyperactive Deficit Disorder

“You know how it feels when you’re leaning back in your chair and it’s just about to fall over? I feel like that all the time!” This is how a person affected with Attention Deficit Hyperactive Disorder (ADHD) feels every day. ADHD refers to a family of related disorders that interfere with an individual's capacity to regulate activity level, inhibit behavior, and attend to tasks in developmentally appropriate ways.

Some statistics:

75% people with ADD get divorced

50% stay behind a grade

46% have been suspended

11% have been expelled

3-5% (going on 15-20%) school aged population has it.

2.5 - 3 million school aged children have it

The most common behaviors of ADHD fall into three categories: inattention, hyperactivity, and impulsivity. People with ADHD may show several signs of being consistently inattentive. They may have a pattern of being hyperactive and impulsive, or they may show all three types of behavior. Inattention is when people have a hard time keeping their minds on any one thing and may get bored with a task after only a few minutes. They may find it agonizing to do homework without getting bored. Often they will forget to plan ahead by writing down the assignment or bringing home the right books. When finally trying to do work they may find themselves drifting to something else; as a result, work will rarely get done.

People who are hyperactive always seem to be in motion; they cannot sit still in one position. They may squirm in their seat or talk incessantly. Sitting through a single class could be an impossible task. For example, hyperactive teens and adults may touch everyt...

... middle of paper ...

...ouglas A. (2002). What's Wrong with Doug? The Academic Struggles of a Gifted Student with ADHD from Preschool to College. Gifted Child Today, 25, 48-59

9. Greene, Ross W.; Beszterczey, Sara K.; Katzenstein, Tai; Park, Kenneth; Goring, Jennifer. Are Students with ADHD More Stressful To Teach? Patterns of Teacher Stress in an Elementary School Sample. Journal of Emotional and Behavioral Disorders, 10, 79-89.

10. Heilegenstein, Eric; Guenther, Greta; Levy, Andrea; Savino, Felix; Fulwiler, Jan.(1999) Psychological and Academic Functioning in College Students with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder. Journal of American College Health, 47, 181-185.
Get Access