Effects of ADHD on Adults Essay

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ADHD is known as attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. Many of the symptoms of adult ADHD are similar to the symptoms of child ADHD. Those who suffer with ADHD struggle with the inability to control their daily lives. ADHD not only affects the individual who has it, but it also affects everyone around them. Extensive research has been conducted on ADHD and to date there are still no definite answers as to what exactly causes this disorder. Theory suggests that ADHD is caused by a neurological and chemical deficiency that affects the development of the central nervous system. It is believed that this lack of development directly affects the part of the brain responsible for concentration. ADHD is also believed to be partly due to…show more content…
Sub characteristics of hyperactivity include inability to sit still during times of relaxation, incessant talking, problems with listening and interrupting, and inability to focus on uninteresting reading materials, constantly on the move. Sub characteristics of Impulse Control include talking out of turn or saying rude things without considering the consequences, answering questions before they have been fully asked. According to the DSM-IV (Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders) there are three main types of ADHD. These types are Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder with predominance in inattentiveness, Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder with predominance in hyperactivity and impulsiveness, and Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder with a combination of both hyperactivity and inattentiveness. There are certain criteria that must be met before a diagnosis can be made to attribute ADHD to the behavior of anyone. Diagnosis of ADHD is based on the number of sub characteristics listed under each main characteristic that actually applies to the individual. Failure to meet the criteria can lead to a diagnosis of Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder NOS (not otherwise specified). This diagnosis means that there are definite characteristics of inattentiveness, hyperactivity,
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