The Controversial Attention-Deficit-Hyperactivity Disorder Analytical Essay by Nicky

The Controversial Attention-Deficit-Hyperactivity Disorder
An examination of the nature of ADHD, its effects, its treatment and it contraversy.
# 149536 | 1,706 words | 3 sources | APA | 2011 | US
Published on Dec 22, 2011 in Psychology (Disorders)

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Classified as a mental disorder, sufferers of ADHD are either more hyperactive or have more trouble paying attention than other children in the same cohorts. This paper discusses how although ADHD may be one of the more controversial childhood disorders, but it is not without foundational research. The paper looks at how, from defining it as a disorder, to setting guidelines for diagnosis, to determining its affects and treatment, researchers have developed the knowledge of professionals and lay people regarding ADHD. While topics related to the disorder will continue to be debated, and further research will be uncovered, it is safe to say that, in the mean time, treating those already affected with the disorder is possible.

From the Paper:

"Nearly none would debate that the symptoms produced by ADHD are serious ones. The controversy over the disorder arises when its roots are considered. Some argue that biology can be held accountable for the child with ADHD. Indeed, this appears to be at least partially true. Although it is important that scientists not too quickly assume that relations in longitudinal studies suggest a correlation, ADHD has been positively correlated with time of birth. Children born prematurely tend to have ADHD at greater rates than those who were born full-term (Boyd and Bee, 2009). Other possible biological causes of ADHD include brain malfunctioning, or especially developmental problems limiting the functional development of the right hemisphere of the brain. Others argue that ADHD sufferers lack the required amount of serotonin production or have a biological need for increased sensory stimulation (Boyd and Bee, 2009). Another controversial suggestion as to the cause of ADHD implies culture as the culprit. "

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Boyd, D. and Bee, H. (2009). Lifespan Development, Fifth Edition. Boston: Allyn & Bacon.
  • LeFever, G.B., Dawson, K.V., and Morrow, A. L. (1999). The Extent of Drug Therapy for Attention-Deficit-Hyperactivity Disorder Among Children in Public Schools. American Journal of Public Health. 89(9): 1359-1364.
  • Kewley, G. (1998). Personal Paper: Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder us underdiagnosed and undertreated in Britain. British Medical Journal. 316 (7144): 1594-1596. Retrieved July 20, 2009, from

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