Attention Deficit / Hyperactivity Disorder

1656 WordsNov 29, 20157 Pages
In the words of Albert Einstein, “Everybody is a genius. But if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing that it is stupid”. Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder is one of the most common well- known behavioral disorders, that is defined by the DSM as having a “persistent pattern of hyperactivity/impulsivity and inattention, for at least six months and it is so severe that it interferers with your development”. As of 2013, it affects 11 percent of children between the ages of 4-17 and is more prevalent in boys than in girls. (http://www.additudemag.com/adhd/article/688.html) ADHD with aggression is very common as well. The aggression aspect can be shown through ADHD being in combination…show more content…
Under the subcategory of CBT, Behavioral Therapy, stands alone its own league of being a positive treatment for ADHD children both with aggression and without aggression. Behavioral Therapies help change potentially destructive behaviors.(http://www.healthline.com) It benefits ADHD children by giving them the proper coping skills they need to overcome or better deal with the things in their lives that seen to be out of control. (citation here) In regards to medications for ADHD children and the negative side effects that are associated with them, they tend to worsen as the dosage of medication is increased. Current research is being done on alternative treatments that can be effective in the reduction of ADHD symptoms and in areas of aggression, when present in ADHD children. The research being done on this topic is important for the field of Psychology because it has the ability to close the gaps that past research left open and promote awareness to the disorder. The question that will be addressed in my literature review is if Behavioral Therapies are an effective alternative treatment for ADHD children, with self-control issues, to help lower aggressive symptoms. This literature review will show evidence that backs up the assumption that Behavior Therapy is a good alternate treatment for ADHD children, will review some of the limitations behind this assumption and provide information about the direction that future
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