Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder ( Adhd )

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The most common mental disorder children are diagnosed with is Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder. 11% of children in the United States have been diagnosed with ADHD as of 2011. The number of children being diagnosed each year in the past decade has increased 5% per year as of 2003(“Centers for Disease and Control”, 2015). ADHD is a mental disorder in children that makes it harder for them to pay attention. The children diagnosed with ADHD are usually hyperactive and show signs of impulsive behavior. Children with ADHD have a hard time with following directions, talk nonstop, run around a lot, are very impatient, and play with everything they see (“National Institute of Mental Health”, 2013). There is not an exact medical test that can determine if a child has ADHD or not. A doctor examines a child for symptoms of ADHD. A child can be diagnosed with predominantly inattentive presentation or predominantly hyperactive-impulsive presentation, or they can be diagnosed with both. Children have to show at least six or more symptoms in each criteria to be diagnosed with ADHD (“Center of Disease and Control”, 2015). These symptoms must be at least be present for 6 months in a child and affect their ability to perform in multiple settings like at school and home. The main problem is being able to successfully diagnose the mental disorder in children. There are many factors involved that go with diagnosing a child 's with ADHD, which can lead to under-diagnosing, misdiagnosing,
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