Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder ( Adhd ) Essay

1954 Words Nov 12th, 2016 8 Pages
Out of all the disorders that affect a child’s schooling and life, nothing has a greater impact than Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder. As of 2011, 11% of children (ages 4-17) have been diagnosed with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, roughly about 6.4 million. This number has slowly risen over the years, 4% in the last 8 years alone. What is this disorder? Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) is defined by the Gale Encyclopedia of Medicine as “a disorder characterized by a persistent pattern of inattention and/or hyperactivity”. The disorder was first given its name in 1980 when the third version of Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders was published. This is a manual that is used to help doctors know how to diagnose anyone with a mental disorder. Since then, a lot of research has been done to try and figure out a cure that could be used to counteract this disorder. This research has led to both medicinal solutions and behavioral methods being introduced. The current research done is usually in the form of studies done on children in which they’re placed in a certain setting and comparing medicated children vs non-medicated children. This gives results that either reinforces an already formed opinion or disproves a correlation that had been shown before.
However, while research is being done, ADHD is still a problem in the real world for children who suffer from it. In the academic world for the children who are diagnosed with…

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