Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder ( Adhd )

1584 Words Nov 16th, 2015 7 Pages
Growing up, my mother and father emphasized the importance of education, following directions and being socially accepted. Due to this upbringing and background, when my nephew began to have difficulties in school it was looked at as poor performance. As a social worker, this became concerning. He suffers from hyperactivity and inattention. This appeared to my family as he did not care about school. Last year, my nephew’s diagnosis with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) was something most people were prepared for but came as a shock to my family. My sister started to doubt her skills as a parent and blamed herself for what he was dealing with. The concept of having a mental illness was new and unfamiliar.
Before studying to become a social worker, this social worker held the same views as many people. ADHD was known as a Western philosophy for centuries. Many boys, regardless of their cultural background, have difficulties sitting still. However, in America the inability to sit still has been given a medical diagnosis of ADHD. In turn, research, old and new, displays the ignorance behind the disorder.
ADHD affects almost 5 percent of children in school. The symptoms of ADHD includes lost of attention, high levels of impulsivity and distractibility. Furthermore, the degree to which each child is affected is different for every child. ADHD is a complex illness the roots of which are not understood. Because of this, there are many debates regarding ADHD.…
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