Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder

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Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder: Influence on Adolescent Development
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder: Influence on Adolescent Development
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, abbreviated by ADHD, is a common behavioral disorder that affects roughly 10% of adolescent children. Though the reasoning behind causes for ADHD is not completely understood, it has been found that males are much more likely to be diagnosed, opposed to their female counterparts. ADHD causes children to act without thinking, hyperactivity, and trouble focusing (Harpin, 2005, p.i1). These symptoms can range from severe to not as severe, and due to this ADHD is split to three levels to fit each child’s diagnosis.
Some may say attention deficit hyperactivity disorder is not a life altering disorder. Medications have been developed to decrease hyperactivity and increase focus, and overtly the child’s body is not being harmed by the disorder. But indeed on many different levels this diagnosed disorder does take a toll on children’s physical, cognitive, and social emotional development.
Though physical development is probably the least directly impacted developmental type, there is still an influence on the physical development of a child diagnosed with ADHD. Most physical development of a child with ADHD is affected by enormous amounts of stress. Stress levels rise due to frustration that stems from many different factors including rejection from social activities, school
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