Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder ( Adhd )

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Learning disabilities can cause a great deal of stress and frustration to the children and adolescents who have them as well as for their families. Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is among the more common learning disabilities. It is defined as a psychological disorder where those who have it experience impulsivity, inattention and/or overactivity (Kail & Zolner, 2012, p. 461). Children with this disorder have trouble developing social skills and can have difficulties with peer relations in return (Kail & Zolner, 2012, p. 461). The symptoms of ADHD also affect academia due to inability to sit still, difficulties focusing, and being easily distracted (Kail & Zolner, 2012, p. 461). Treatments for this disorder are available;…show more content…
Most Adolescents with ADHD don’t complete post-secondary education and when they grow up they can often have family and work related issues (Kail & Zolner, 2012, p.462). This paper will discuss adolescents with ADHD and studies done on the risks of stimulant medication as well as the effects of intervention on parent-child relationships. Stimulant medication is the most common treatment for children with ADHD, although many stop taking the medication during adolescence (Meaux, Hester, Smith, & Shoptaw, 2006, p.215). The purpose of the study on the effects of stimulant medications was to get a better understanding of how and why children and adolescents with ADHD choose to take or not to take prescription stimulant medication throughout their developmental years (Meaux et al., 2006, p.215). This study had 15 volunteer college students with ADHD who participated from a University in Arkansas (Meaux et al., 2006, p.215). The investigators obtained the participants through advertisements placed around the school in specific locations such as student health services and disabilities office as well as through teachers promoting the study (Meaux et al., 2006, p.215). In order to participate the student had to be 18-21 years old, have been diagnosed with ADHD before high school and currently live independently from the parents or caregivers (Meaux et al., 2006, p.215). The study was conducted through semi-structured interviews and demographic
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