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Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder

By Lakisha Mitchell

Nash Community College
Learning with Behavior Disorders

Catherine Jancso
EDU 222

10-22-11

Abstract

This paper explores the causes, symptoms, diagnosis and treatment of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder is a condition that can affect children and adults. ADHD in children can cause trouble with focus, patience, and over activity. ADHD is the most common childhood disorder and usually appear early in life often between the ages of 3 and 6. Children that are diagnosed with ADHD usually have problems at home, school and in their social life.
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If ADHD is left untreated, it can cause problems for children who can’t focus or control themselves; they may struggle in school, get into frequent trouble and find it hard to get along with others.

ADHD symptoms fall into three categories: inattention, hyperactivity, and impulsivity. Symptoms usually appear early in life often between the ages of 3 and 6. Children with inattentive symptoms may have poor listening skills, forget things, avoid task requiring sustained mental effort, miss details, make careless mistakes, switch from one activity to another, lose things, and have trouble with homework, Some symptoms of hyperactive are talking excessively, fidget and squirm in seat, have trouble sitting still during dinner, school, story time, and some inappropriate running and climbing. Impulsive symptoms may be blurting out inappropriate comments, showing emotions without restraint, acting without regard for consequences, and interrupting conversations.

Children develop at different speeds making it hard to diagnose ADHD. A pediatrician can determine whether your child has ADHD using standard guidelines developed by the American Academy of Pediatrics. Symptoms must be present in more than one setting such as home, school, or in peer relationships. Children should have at least six attention symptoms or six hyperactive/impulsivity symptoms with some present before age