The Effects Of ADHD

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Children with psychological disorders are not uncommon in recent years especially children who suffer from ADHD: Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder. This disorder affects about 3-6% of the youth population. Although this disorder is not discussed in the media as common as it is, it is one disorder that affects attention, muscle control, and those affected may omit maladaptive behaviors due to lack of control with impulses or the need to be over active. One main thing that hasn’t been looked at in depth is how this disorder affects sense of time, including duration. Generally this disorder is diagnosed in children at early stages of development. The causes of this disorder may be related to gender, depression, emotions, environmental factors, and developmental factors. ADHD children are often mistaken with excessive maladaptive behavior, and the opposite goes for children who are merely active in daily living. Some children are misdiagnosed with ADHD and medicated thereafter. However the children diagnosed correctly with ADHD may not respond to medication.
Time in psychology states that in order to recognize time, attention is a key feature. Time duration is also important, as attention spans can only last so long. ADHD children already suffer from inattention; therefore it would seem their sense of time is skewed at high levels. Several studies will be sorted through to come to a final conclusion to find out whether or not this is the only reason why their sense of time is not the same of normally developed children.
Children, who develop normally, build up their sense of time starting at approximately 1 ½ years of age. The age range 1 ½ and three years old develop a separation of the past, present and future. As th...

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...ho are hyperactive. These children however were not diagnosed with ADHD, but presumably the same thing should occur in children who do.
Our ability to perceive time is a huge part of everyday functioning. Not only is there such things as our circadian rhythms but as humans most of us like to be well organized. The use of time seems to be one of those dictators. If deficits of time occur at an early age the world view becomes skewed. We all have the ability to process information and make sense of it, however when stages in development hit snags they are decreased or some processes may not exist. Medications are used to help those deficits , but some neural fibers in the cortex the disorder affects most, may not respond at all. The children who are on medication that does help with their deficits have better motor function, but what happens if the dose is skipped?
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