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Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder

Written By northidahodpc

Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder

April 24, 2011

ADHD is a common diagnosis which starts in childhood and persists through adulthood.  It is described as a processing disorder of the brain which affects behavior and judgment.  At least 6 of the following behaviors must be observed to meet the diagnosis: forgetfulness, inappropriate running or climbing, can’t play quietly, blurting out answers, interrupting, can’t stay seated, talking too much, always on the go and trouble waiting.  The incidence of ADHD is higher in people who have family relatives with this condition, and there is some recent evidence that children born to mothers who smoked or used drugs during pregnancy have an increased risk.  Childhood lead exposure also seems to be correlated with an increased incidence of ADHD.  Common misconceptions as to causes include too much sugar, artificial sweeteners, allergies, lack of vitamins, too much TV or video games, florescent lights and bad parenting.
Treatment generally centers around medications, usually stimulants, and providing the child with structure through a regular home and school schedule, being consistent with rules, rewarding good behavior and providing age appropriate supervision.  Successful treatment can be dramatic, as the above picture demonstrates.  Initially, this second grader’s handwriting (top) was illegible because he was so impulsive and distractible.  After appropriate treatment was instituted, he was much more focused and deliberate with his penmanship to the point that he started receiving As for his work…RRS

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