Adhd And Its Effects On Children

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When given the option to choose a condition to write a paper on I was immediately drawn to ADD and ADHD because these conditions are something that has had a direct effect on my life. These two disabilities weren’t just words to me, they were my reality. My father had ADHD but we were never told the name of it, rather that he just couldn’t sit still and needed to tinker, so dad was a tinkerer. It wasn’t until years later that I was diagnosed with ADD, which I realized that it was a condition that could helped. I wasn’t alone in my diagnosis, my little sister, my husband and my daughter all have ADHD. For many I think these conditions are just words or labels to put on inattentive children, but I think if they had more education about the…show more content…
In my cases I come from a long line of those with ADHD, but I was diagnosed as having ADD, which as far as symptoms go the opposite of each other. Yet, when learning more about the condition I learned that many, myself included fit into the nongenetic causes as well. Our text describes those factors as including “prenatal and perinatal factors, allergies, and thyroid disorders” (72). The older I get the more I see this condition in the children during my observations in the classroom, I often wonder how many people have ADHD/ADD and how many either don’t know or go untreated. According to the CDC website, “Approximately 11% of children 4-17 years of age (6.4 million) have ever been diagnosed with ADHD as of 2011. The percentage of children with an ADHD diagnosis continues to increase, from 7.8% in 2003 to 9.5% in 2007 and to 11.0% in 2011”. The numbers are astounding, I couldn’t believe how many have this condition, but I also think there has to be so many more than those numbers who live life untreated or uneducated to the disorder. Something I discovered with my diagnosis was that there really isn’t an individual test for this condition, which causes issues in the identification and assessment of many that have ADHD or ADD. I think that’s why so many live the majority of their lives without knowledge or help with treatment. Our text states, “Most experts recommend a multidisciplinary assessment…a second step could attempt to determine whether the
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