Overview Of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder

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In 2011, more than 1 in 10 children were diagnosed with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) (Visser, 2014). ADHD is a condition where the individual displays impulsive, hyperactive, and inattentive behaviors which are likely to create complications in their development and functioning, especially in social situations (Efron, 2015; Meppelink, 2016; Pellow, 2011; Prasad, 2011; Wikes, 2011). In health, it is important to understand how to best manage symptoms especially those that accompany conditions that can be chronic and lifelong. Understanding ADHD better will allow people to better understand why it is important to consider and compare different treatment methods so that long-term treatment is beneficial to the ADHD individual. …show more content…
The question that this topic focuses on, notices that the management of ADHD symptoms can greatly affect a person’s, or a child’s, functionality in everyday life. If symptoms are not appropriately managed, problems can occur that affect the child’s abilities in school, in their social life, and in society (Meppelink, 2016; “Research,” 2016). Management of these symptoms early is important so that those diagnosed with ADHD, children or adult, can begin to learn how to better function in their daily lives without being hindered by their condition. Treatment for ADHD can consist of medication or the recommended behavioral therapies both of which can cost a significant amount (“Data & Statistics,” 2016). Comparing the two types of treatment can help individuals better understand which is more effective in the management of ADHD symptoms while considering if it is cost-effective for the healthcare system, the families of those with ADHD, and/or the individuals diagnosed (“Research,” 2016). Also, it is important to understand how those with ADHD function and affect a society through their behaviors. This fact should be considered because the number of individuals being diagnosed with …show more content…
The purpose of this paper is to compare the use of Complementary and Alternative Medicine (CAM) therapies to the use of medication in the treatment of children/adolescents between the ages of 3 to 18 years of age diagnosed with ADHD and evaluate which provides better management of symptoms.
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