Attention deficit/hyperactivity disorders (ADHD). In Encyclopedia of applied psychology. Retrieved from http://search.credoreference.com.rap.ocls.ca/content/entry/estappliedpsyc/attention_deficit_hyperactivity_disorders_adhd/0 Kingsley, R. (2012). What is adhd. Retrieved from http://kidshealth.org/parent/medical/learning/adhd.html Adhd across the lifespan.
Much like Robert ADD/ADHD affects children in their everyday lives it can affect them socially and emotionally. ADD/ADHD has been around for many years and the symptoms haven’t changed if not treated the disorder can have a huge impact on a child's life and can make the teaching methods more difficult then they already are. History ADHD has been around for many years they began to recognize hyperactivity and inattentiveness in children in the early 1900s. Attention Deficit Disorder was listed in the Diagnostic and Statistical manual in 1980. Since 1994, this condition has been called “ADHD” (attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder) (Woodard 1).
Children today are tomorrow’s adults so it is critical to make the right choices when dealing with the future. American children are being prescribed medication for Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) more than ever before because this is a relatively new disease, which contributes to the lack of options available for treatment and creates a greater chance of not only being over diagnosed but also misdiagnosed. ADHD is a name that is becoming more relevant in households across America. The characteristics that define ADHD have been around as long as mankind. This disease is defined as: “a childhood mental disorder with onset before 7 years of age and involving impaired or diminished attention, impulsivity, and hyperactivity” (Mosby’s Medical Dictionary 166).
Because they are currently my patients, they are still struggling with the addiction--though it may be many years after taking their first sip. I feel it is important to target adolescents and educate and inform them of the implications that may occur if they bring substances into their lives. This topic should be discussed with adolescents in all areas of their lives: at home, in school, during extra curricular activities, and at youth groups. Reinforcement from multiple people/mentors may have a lasting effect on the child. (slide #4) The impact of alcohol on a growing child is profound.
“Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder is a condition in which a person not only has a great difficulty concentrating for more than a few minutes but also is inattentive, impulsive, and overactive” (The Developing Person Through the Life Span, page 310). Both children and adults are diagnosed with ADHD, but children hold a higher percentage of this diagnosis because the disorder usually appears in early to middle childhood. “The average age of ADHD diagnosis was 7 years of age, but children reported by their parents as having more severe ADHD were diagnosed earlier” (Web, CDC). The symptoms of childhood ADHD, from a personal standpoint, seem to almost mirror what I have observed as normal (developmental) childhood behavior (angst). “The main symptom, (among the three main symptoms) of ADHD is the inability to pay attention.
The Existence of ADD and ADHD Some of the most common words moving around in the psychiatric circle are attention Deficit; hyperactivity; Ritalin; ADD, ADHD. These words are being most commonly discussed by most educators, physicians, psychologists and young parents in the society today. In spite of extensive advancements in technology which has brought new insights into the brain and learning, there is still a lacuna in the field of problems faced by children who are unable to remain focused on the task given to them in the classroom owing to their inability to pay attention. While the DSM-IV (Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, 4th Edition (DSM-IV) of the American Psychiatric Association) put forth a list of behaviors which predominantly fall in the category of ADD and/or ADHD, many researchers still maintain that there is no set way to diagnosis or develop a treatment program to these disorders which will be guaranteed to work. At the same time there is another set of researchers who maintain that these disorders actually do not exist at all.
Have you ever had difficulty staying focused, paying attention, controlling behavior, or even hyperactivity? If so, you just might have a disorder known as ADHD. ADHD, or even known as Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, is one of the most universal childhood disorders that can move ahead through adolescence and adulthood (National Institute of Mental Health). But, children around the world are being diagnosed every day. So, does the medication, that the doctors give them, really help these children?
Children who have inattention, hyperactivity, and impulsivity could lead to a diagnosis of ADHD. Although it is normal for all children to exhibit these behaviors children with ADHD are more severe and occur more often. To receive a diagnosis of ADHD a child must have symptoms for 6 or more months and at a greater degree than other children the same age. The Number of adults taking taking ADHD medication increased by 53% from 2008 to 2012. Adults with ADHD symptoms may include difficulty following directions, remembering information, concentrating, organizing tasks or completing work on time.
I am sure that everyone has heard of ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder) and all of the theories that have plagued it throughout the years. Even today, there are children and even some adults that continue to struggle in life due to this disorder. Parents are to blame in most cases, not because they don’t want to help their child; it is more to do with not understanding the disorder or not having the awareness of how to help their child. I would like to give you a day at school through the eyes of a child. The first scenario reviews what a day in the classroom is like for an ADHD child not receiving any help and the second scenario is that same child that is now receiving some form of help.
ADHD can be diagnosed in childhood and continue into adulthood, but adults have been known to be diagnosed later in their lives. Teachers are advocates for students who may qualify for special needs for ADHD. Teachers, administrators, and parents can complete an ADHD checklist and when completed it will be submitted to the district for review. ADHD is not curable, but is treatable according to (Fischer, Herberholz, 2016). There is multiple medication that can be used to help manage ADHD symptoms.