Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) Essay

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Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder What is ADHD? Attention Deficit Disorder (AD/HD) is mostly an organic problem, which tends to run in families. ADHD is the most commonly diagnosed behavioral disorder in childhood. An estimated 3 to 5 percent of the general population suffers from the disorder, which is characterized by agitated behavior and an inability to focus on tasks. ¡§ In the early 20th century, American doctors were discussing children who had problems similar to those described by George Fre*censored* Still, who was the first know researcher in Attention Deficit research. The one thing that many of these children had in common, other than their ADD type symptoms, was that they were survivors of the encephalitis…show more content…
The efficacy and safety of these medications in decreasing the symptoms of AD/HD is supported by extensive literature of controlled studies (up to 24 months of treatment). The side effects, most commonly anorexia and insomnia, have also been well documented. With continuous use, a decrease in growth, both weight and height can occur. The decrease in height growth is transient and does not change the ultimate adult height. Stimulants, however, do not "cure" AD/HD and symptoms usually re-emerge upon drug discontinuation.¡¨(Vitiello: 1) As you can see, these drugs used to help children with this disorder also add to the complications, but still the easiest and most accurate route and the one that has proven to be the most efficacious for the greatest number of people with the diagnosis of ADHD. It has been found that children who receive Ritalin are most likely not to have a substance abuse problem, where others turn to drugs by the end of their teens or early twenties to cope with the disorder. The classroom can be one of the most aggravating places for the ADHD student, his/her classmates, and the teacher. For the student, paying attention in class is a job in itself. The slightest sound or movement can distract the student without him realizing what happen. The physical arrangement of the classroom is very
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