Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder Case Study

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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. In this paper, two treatment methods for …show more content…
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 ADHD is beginning to increase with time as we have begun to live longer and our population increases (“Research,” 2016).
Background
ADHD has been around for more than 200 years and is a condition that is not curable and therefore last the lifetime of those who are diagnosed (Efron, 2015; “Facts About ADHD, 2016). It is important to look at ADHD and treatment because the amount of children diagnosed with ADHD increased between 2003 and 2011 by 42% (Visser, 2014). Treatment has not changed in the past 50 years and still, today consists of a combination of medication and/or therapy (Efron, 2015; “Facts About ADHD,

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