Diagnosis and Treatment

Diagnosis and Treatment - Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity 1

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Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity 1 Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder Rita Staten Axia College of University of Phoenix January 22, 2011
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Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity 2 Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is a childhood disorder characterized by inattention, impulsiveness, and hyperactivity, where children lack the ability to calmly to focus their attention. The disorder was originally known as hyperactivity or simply attention deficit disorder (ADD). When AD/HD first conceptualized at the turn of the twentieth century, the estimated prevalence was not more than one percent. As of 1995, prevalence in the United States was at least five percent and rising (Armstrong, 1995, Panksepp, 1998). The National Institute of Mental Health estimates that three to five percent of children are diagnosed with ADHD (WebMD, 2010). Some experts believe this estimate to be as high as eight to 10 % of school aged children (WebMD, 2010). Current Diagnoses Children with ADHD have a hard time concentrating and following directions. Constant movement and not thinking before they act are common symptoms of ADHD. Though many young children have the same behavior, the symptoms in children with ADHD occur more often and stop them from functioning at school and home. ADHD symptoms are usually separated into three categories: inattention, hyperactivity, and impulsiveness. A child’s symptoms are categorized into these groups. A child must show six symptoms or more for six months in two different settings such as home and school or home and
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