Tre Torres. Block 7Pwell. Add & Adhd Position Paper. 1/9/17.
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Block 7 Pwell
ADD & ADHD position paper
ADHD; It’s not just an Excuse
My entire life I’ve struggled with ADHD. I’m capable of all the work given to me but so many teachers don’t understand how much of a struggle it is for me to focus. It’s not just an excuse for me to be lazy, or get time extensions. Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder more well known as ADHD defined by Mayo Clinic as “A chronic condition including attention difficulty, hyperactivity, and impulsiveness.” So basically people with this condition have a hard time focusing, thinking through decisions, and staying still. This is a real condition that affects thousands of children and adults in the united states. The Center for Disease Control and…show more content…
A kid I know Reece Anderson explained his attention issues to me, he said “Like you know, it’s just hard to focus for me. Like even with things I like to do, during hockey and stuff. My mind just wanders and I try to pay attention but it’s hard. I feel like most people can just be like I’m gonna do this till I get it done but I just get distracted so easy. It’s made school harder for me than some other kids in my classes ” According to the Center for Disease Control the number of children diagnosed with ADHD has been increasing. In the year 2003 the percentage of children with ADHD was 7.8% and jumped to 11.0% in 2011. In 8 years that 's a 3.2% increase. With 16 million children in the United States that’s 176,0000 children in 2011. People need to realize ADHD is real and stop telling people to just focus.
People with Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder have physical differences, our brain chemistry is different than people without ADHD. If you look at this brain scan from ADDitude you can see that difference. Children with ADHD tend to have lower dopamine levels. Some studies have also shown that ADHD might affect the prefrontal cortex; “If the areas of the prefrontal cortex ...are impaired, a person with ADHD may have symptoms such as inattention or impulsive or hyperactive behavior.
ADHD is a treatable learning disability, though there is no “cure”. Many people only have ADHD during childhood and teen years but then grow out of it. Most