Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder ( ADHD ) Research Paper by The Research Group

Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder ( ADHD )
Examines ADHD as a developmental disorder.
# 24945 | 3,150 words | 13 sources | 2002 | US
Published on Mar 19, 2003 in Psychology (Child and Adolescent) , Psychology (Disorders)

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Examines ADHD as a developmental disorder. Characteristics of ADHD. Symptoms (short attention span, lack of focus); effect on academic performance. Causes of ADHD including a genetic component, exposure to lead and other toxins, traumatic brain injury. Neurochemical research. Possible link to childhood bipolar disorder. Primary diagnosis. Treatments including psychotherapy and medications. Alternative treatments.

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Attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is a developmental disorder and is characterized by an inability to stay focused on activities or tasks, impulsive behavior, and hyperactivity (Ford-Martin, 1999). Although both sexes are affected, ADHD is more common among boys, and it is estimated that it occurs in between three percent and 9 percent of the children in the United States. Because boys are usually more aggressive than girls, ADHD in girls may go unrecognized and untreated (Ballard et al, 1997). Nearly 600,000 young people in the United States received daily medications for ADHD which mimic neurotransmitters. It is estimated that 40 percent of children referred to mental health clinics show symptoms of ADHD. Signs of the disorder are difficult to assess in young ..."

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