Symptoms and Treatment of Childhood Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder

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Childhood ADHD Childhood ADHD "I was trying to daydream, but my mind kept wandering." ~Steven Wright "I'm sorry, I wasn't paying attention to what I was thinking." Shelley Curtiss "Man, I love my ADHD. It always reminds me how much I don't remember." Frank Coppola The 21st century brings upon a new era in most areas of life, including education and health care. What used to be a little known and obtuse disorder, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), is now more well known and more commonplace than in previous decades and centuries. There are three specific classifications of ADHD and the paper will discuss that as well as other aspects of the disorder. Moreover, the paper will provide a close reading and analysis of interviews conducted with young people, children and teenagers, who have ADHD. In the interviews, the youth are specifically questioned as to what respect their ADHD affects their specific experience in education, as well as the affects in their general life experience. ADHD affects attention, impulse control, and other characteristics that when networked together, are referred to as "executive functions." There is no universally accepted definition of EFs: Experts generated 33 terms, with few terms receiving general support (Eslinger, 1996). Important EFs include inhibition, planning, time perception, internal ordering, working memory, self-monitoring, verbal self-regulation, motor control, maintenance versus change of mental set,
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