Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder ( Adhd )

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Abstract This paper will focus on what is commonly known as Attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). ADHD is a complex disorder that can affect people of any age, gender or ethnicity. This disorder impacts so many people that new studies are being done quite frequently. Because of this, it can be very difficult for mental health professionals to remain current with the most recent findings and know how best to respond to patient’s questions and apprehensions regarding the disorder and subsequent interventions. This paper will attempt to summarize significant findings from recent research regarding ADHD and its treatment. What is ADHD? The current definition of attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) has been recently…show more content…
2014). This large number may be because; more is being understood about ADHD than ever before. It is also because adults can now be diagnosed with ADHD as opposed to the prior belief that only children were at risk. It is becoming easier to diagnose ADHD because of high public awareness of the disorder. More than ever before, parents and teachers are bringing young children to mental health professionals practically pre-diagnosed with ADHD. Because of this, it is extremely important for mental health professionals to take great care when diagnosing or prescribing medication to patients. Today, there is a growing number of concerns being generated by the public as well as some in the medical community regarding the validity of mental health professionals diagnosis of young children with ADHD. (Paris et al. 2015). There is also growing sentiment that many of the symptoms of ADHD are just normal adolescent behavior, thus many small children are being put on pharmaceuticals unnecessarily. There is also growing concern that the pharmaceutical treatment of ADHD creates other more serious complications for the patent than was previously suffered by living with ADHD in the first place. Causes of ADHD ADHD is one of the most studied psychiatric disorders. Even with all the attention given to ADHD, the exact cause of this disorder is still unknown. Because diving into what mental health professionals are studying as the cause
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