Essay on Overview of ADHD

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Attention-Deficit/ Hyperactivity Disorder, otherwise known as ADHD, is the most common psychiatric condition effecting 9.5% of school-aged children in the United States (intuniv, 2013). If the disorder goes untreated, it will cause more long-term side effects and difficulties for the individual as an adult. Adults who have this condition face several adversities in every day life, such as impulsive behavior, low self-esteem and poor work performance. People are not aware of the complications that come with ADHD in adults. Not knowing the symptoms of the disease can cause people to not be sympathetic when they are interacting with someone with disorder. First, there are two different types of ADHD. An individual can be diagnosed with…show more content…
Known to have a high energy level and drive that helps them with determination to succeed. Many children with ADHD may struggle in everyday tasks, but most are intellectually and artistically gifted. Celebrities such as Will Smith, Justin Timberlake, Michael Phelps, and Jim Carrey have been diagnosed with this disorder and it has pushed them to get where they are today (Goodin, 2013). Only doctors or trained health care providers can properly diagnose ADHD. To diagnose the disorder, several observations are done in different settings and at different times. Doctors look to see if the symptoms are present in at least two different life situations, for instance, at school, at home, or in social situations ("How is ADHD diagnosed"). The sooner the disorder can be diagnosed the sooner the individual can be put on medications to help minimize the symptoms. “Detailed studies of the behavior of hyperactive children and increasing knowledge of brain function have changed the concepts of the fundamental behavioral and neuropathic deficits underlying the disorder”. (Springer, 2010) Is ADHD a real disorder? Studies are showing that ADHD is starting to be over diagnosed due to increased perfectionism among parents and teachers who expect more self-control from children than is possible at young ages (Frances, 2011). The diagnosis of the disorder has sometimes been used as a way to pacify parents who are having discipline problems with their children and want a quick
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