Definition Of ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder

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Estefany Castaneda
Psych 1
ADHD/ADD Research Paper

In previous times whenever a child didn’t seem to stay in one place or focus on their school work, instead of looking at the child’s behavior as a disorder, it would be shrugged off and kids would be told to sit still and that they need to try harder in school. Nowadays researchers have looked into the validity of ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder), and it cannot simply be put into one definition since the disorder is characterized by three subtypes. The first subtype is combined ADHD that is characterized by both inattentiveness and hyperactivity/ impulsiveness. The second subtype, that previously was called ADD is inattentive ADHD that is, impaired attentiveness/concentration. The previous definition for ADD
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Thirdly the other subtype is hyperactive-impulses ADHD characterized by hyperactivity without inattentiveness. Aside from comparing the areas in the brain that are more active or inactive in people with ADHD versus people without the disorder, there is an array of symptoms that distinguish what subtype a person has or if they even have said disorder. The main symptoms include but are not limited to: inattention and/or hyperactivity and impulsivity. However, adults experience restlessness instead of hyperactivity leading to often having problems with interpersonal relationships and employment. Therefore, there must be clear evidence the symptoms interfere with the person 's ability to function at home, in social environments, or at work. Other symptoms include difficulty paying attention to details and the tendency to make careless mistakes and being easily distracted from irrelevant situations. Also, before age seven the

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