The Effects Of Adhd On Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder

2059 Words Nov 18th, 2014 9 Pages
Everyone has had one of these experiences at one time or another. Perhaps it was at the grocery store, watching frustrated parents call their children’s names repeatedly and implore them to “put that down.” Maybe it was a situation at school with a child who could not seem to sit still and was always in motion. Maybe at some point in time a child who appears to always be daydreaming in class has caught our eye. Now the question stands when thinking back in time to those experiences has it ever crossed through a person’s mind what could be the causes of those experiences? That question is the essence of ADHD. ADHD stands for Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder. ADHD is defined as a “persistent pattern of inattention and / or hyperactivity-impulsivity that is more frequent and severe than is typically observed in individuals at a comparable level of development” (APA, 2000, p. 78). Since there is ample information concerning this topic, this paper will focus on the nature and effects of ADHD, highlighting cognitive and genetic research, and looking into treatment for children with ADHD.
Nature of ADHD
The clinical history of the behavioral syndrome underlying the ADHD diagnosis can be traced back to ancient history. Sir Alexander Crichton gave the first example of a disorder that appears to be similar to ADHD. In Crichton description (as cited in American Psychiatric Association [APA], 2000) he gives several indications that he was depicting the same disorder as defined…

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