Persistent Adhd Case Study

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Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder is a neurodevelopmental disorder that affects approximately 9.5% of children and 4% of adults in the United States. People with the disorder tend to have trouble keeping their attention focused on one thing and have a tendency to be very active and not be able to sit still. The modern method for diagnosing and treating ADHD is considered doubtful by some, in most cases the patient will go see a psychologist who will run the patient through a variety of test all aimed at determining whether the patient has ADHD. The reason there is controversy over this method is because there is no hard evidence as to whether someone has the disorder, such as a blood test. The reason this topic is of interest to me is …show more content…
The method used for this study was to analyze data from past studies that related to this topic, these studies had to meet the following requirements: “the study included a control group and it was clear from the methods if the diagnosis of ADHD included subjects who did not meet full criteria but showed residual and impairing signs of the disorder.”. Using this method allowed the researchers to gather information from studies that followed certain guidelines to get the best possible results. The results of the study showed that when those having ‘persistent ADHD’ where defined as those who have all symptoms of the disorder the results were low, only 15% of people at age 25. However when defined under the DSM-IV’s definition of ADHD the results showed to be much higher at 65%. An analysis of the study shows that the persistence on ADHD in adulthood depends on how one defines the disorder, however there is shown to be a decline in symptoms through age no matter the definition. No enough research has been done on this part of ADHD so it is not clear if there is an actual remission of ADHD’s effect on a person as they age, which is possible due to the lack of studies done on people suffering from ADHD as they age. The strength of this study was the fact that the research they looked at first had to meet certain criteria and my meeting this criteria the research was insured to have the best and most fair results. I would like to see a study like this done on certain groups of people with ADHD that starts when they are children, age 7 or so, and follows them as they age and looks at how the intensity of their

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