Essay Attention Deficit / Hyperactivity Disorder

1328 Words Apr 19th, 2016 null Page
“Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder” is a term that people hear more about these days than they used to. It seems like every classroom across the nation has one, if not several students that has ADHD. These students are the ones who often get labeled: hyper, distracted, out-of-control, daydreamers, antsy pants, etc. According to our textbook, Abnormal Psychology, the ability to be able to control one’s activity and use that control to accomplish every day goals is an essential process developmentally (Beidel, Bulik, Stanley 449). But people who have ADHD don’t have that control. Why does it seem like there are more kids, adolescents, and also adults being diagnosed with ADHD every passing day? Some people claim that it can be attributed to too much screen time for kids, or not enough discipline from their parents, while some might not agree. Where does ADHD originate from? What causes it, and how is it being diagnosed? “ADHD is considered to be a neurodevelopmental disorder with genetic, biological, and environmental influences” (Bulik, Beidel, Stanley 449). Genetically speaking, studies have shown compelling correlations between genes that are associated with dopamine and serotonin and ADHD (Feldman, Reiff). However, while it is not known how genes directly cause or contribute to ADHD, when combined with other factors they might have an influence on the presence of symptoms such as inattentiveness, impulsivity, and hyperactivity. Environmental factors also play a…

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