Attention Deficit Disorder ( Adhd )

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Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD), recently re-named Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), is a condition affecting many children, adolescents and adults (Resnick, 2005). ADHD manifests itself through behaviors of hyperactivity, impulsivity, inattention and a lack of stick-to-itiveness (Resnick). Initially, researchers believed ADHD impacted children throughout their young lives and subsided around puberty (Kern, Rasmussen, Byrd & Wittschen, 1999). By the late 20th century, researchers have discovered that 30-70 percent of children diagnosed with ADHD experience recurring symptoms throughout their adult lives; thus, showing the disease to be a lifelong ordeal (Kern et al.). This discovery led to many young adults in college being diagnosed with the disorder (kern et al.). ADHD can go undiagnosed throughout childhood and adolescence as young people develop methods to compensate and obscure the problems associated with it—until the pressure and workload of college life, or a latent neurological deficit unmasks the condition (Kern et al.).
ADHD in adults can be categorized into several main groups: hyperactive, impulsive, inattentive or combined (Resnick, 2005). In adult ADHD, the occurrence is roughly the same in men and women and can be diagnosed in the same way as children: simple diagnostic precedents set in diagnostic literature for mental health (Resnick). Symptoms of adult ADHD are generally the same as those of children: trouble meeting deadlines, inability…
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