Essay about ADHD and Adolescence

1160 Words 5 Pages
ADHD and Adolescence Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder is a common mental disorder whose definition continues to change. Most clinicians make a diagnosis off of a list of symptoms in three categories: inattention, hyperactivity, and impulsivity. There are three different subtypes of ADHD: Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder, Combined Type if both the inattentive criteria and the hyperactive/impulsive criteria have been present for the past six months; Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder, Predominantly Inattentive Type if the inattention criteria are met but the hyperactive/impulsive criteria has not been present for the past six months; and Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder, Predominantly Hyperactive/Impulsive …show more content…
Generally they have difficulty staying on task, organizing, and scheduling tasks. They have trouble following through with tasks assigned to them even if they are repeatedly reminded. They simply are distracted internally or externally and fail to remember the task at hand. They tend to make careless mistakes because they’re doing something too fast and don’t have the patience to go back and check work. They also tend to lose things, sometimes more than once in a single week. It often appears that they are not listening. Other symptoms include fidgeting, squirming blurting out answers and interrupting others when they are talking. Most adolescents that have ADHD have been diagnosed earlier in life. For those who present symptoms in adolescence, it is a little more difficult to diagnose. Clinicians have to distinguish normal adolescent behavior with ADHD behavior. These two can be surprisingly similar, but an adolescent with ADHD usually takes the behavior to a more extreme level. An adolescent without ADHD might forget to do his/her homework once or twice a month. The adolescent with ADHD frequently forgets to do homework several times a week. An adolescent without ADHD might delay taking out the garbage when asked to do so. The adolescent with ADHD rarely takes out the garbage, if ever, even after being repeatedly asked (Young 117). There are three basic types of treatment: education and adherence, medication, and psychosocial
Open Document