The World of ADHD Children Essay

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Throughout the United States Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, or ADHD, has become a common diagnosis among children and adolescents. Any hyper, out of control child in the classroom may be perceived as having ADHD and many more are being medicated for this disorder each day. Some people even wonder if ADHD has been created by society to preserve a natural order and compliance. Aside from parents, teachers are good resources for observing ADHD traits in children that they teach on a daily basis. Kids go through bouts of hyperactivity and disobedience in school, but at a certain point this behavior may distract other students away from learning. Teachers should be counseled on how to interact with and teach an…show more content…
In order to diagnose a child with ADHD, the child must exhibit at “least 6 core symptoms and these symptoms must cause some impairments in at least 2 setting (such as home and school), although severe impairment in one setting may suffice” (Parens and Johnston). Core symptoms of ADHD are broken up into two categories: impulse-hyperactivity and inattention. Impulse- hyperactivity symptoms include fidgeting, not staying in their seat, blurting out words, and impatience. Inattentive symptoms include frequent careless mistakes, difficulty paying attention in activities, and not listening when being directly spoken to. Diagnosis can occur all throughout school years but “most hyperactive children are referred for assessment in the first three grades of school” (Weiss and Hechtman). Along with the diagnosis of ADHD, certain other conditions may be diagnosed at the same time. These are called co morbid conditions and are often found to correlate with attention deficit. Depression and epilepsy are two of these conditions, although not everyone with ADHD will have them. Also, before a valid diagnosis of ADHD is made other medical conditions must be ruled out. Some of these disorders are hypothyroidism, child abuse, chronic illness, and substance abuse. Any of these problems can share signs and symptoms of attention deficit disorder; therefore, they must not exist in the patient. Once a
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