Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder ( Adhd )

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In the previous years, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) has become more widely accepted as a relatively common disorder in the United States. With that, 8.8% of children were diagnosed in 2011 compared to 7% in 2007 (Pomeroy, 2013). However, as the rise in diagnostics has increased, so has the level of controversy. Many people question whether or not ADHD is overly diagnosed in the adolescent, which leads to an over-prescription of psychological attention and pharmaceuticals. Because of the level of uncertainty between the biological and psychological conditions that cause this neurobehavioral disorder, it is hard to determine fully on whether or not the condition is actually overly diagnosed. However, this paper will discuss how the diagnosis of ADHD is not only overly abundant, but how it may as well be due to the nature of the assessment, the profuse recognition from the public, and the uncertainty behind the disorder itself. Numerous cases of ADHD have been studied in order to determine the underlying conditions that may cause this disorder. Such conditions may lie within genetics. Children diagnosed with ADHD are four times as likely to have a relative diagnosed with ADHD (Coghill, Graham, Seth, 2007), suggesting that there is a genetic component. Furthermore, researchers have found that there is an increased risk of ADHD with a difference in normal levels of monoamines dopamine and serotonin receptors. Dopamine receptors are implicated in attention,
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