ADHD2 - Intro to Psychology 2: ADHD Nicola McGuigan DB2.59

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Intro to Psychology 2: ADHD Nicola McGuigan DB2.59 N.Mcguigan@hw.ac.uk
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Person 1: "He was quite fond of the drink. It was the drink that killed him" Miranda: "He was an alcoholic?" Person 1: "No, he was hit by a Guinness truck"
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“Oh my little ankle biters, do I sense dissention in the ranks? Are we ready for homework, or shall we continue manual labor?” “Just became a woman and I'm already going through hot flashes.”
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What is ADHD? "Attention Deficit Hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is an early onset, biological disorder, classically characterized by a triad of symptoms: hyperactivity, inattention, and impulsivity. These 3 symptoms are persistent and at developmentally inappropriate levels."
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Major Problem One of the most common reasons why children are referred to mental health practitioners. ADHD is thought to affect 8-12% of children worldwide. The rate of ADHD does fall with age, however at least half of children with this disorder will have impairing symptoms in adulthood.
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Many ADHD pupils excluded poll More than one third of children with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) have been excluded from school, a survey of parents suggests. The poll of 526 families found 39% had had a child excluded from class, and in 11% of cases this was permanent. Almost two thirds said their child's ability to achieve at school was "very affected" by their condition.
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“Stopped being invited to the other children’s parties from the age of 3-too disruptive.” “Nobody wants to come to the house to play with him.” “I know they all think I’m a bad mother.” “I can never take him to the shops.” “Every time I hear or see a fire engine, I instinctively wonder whether my child is responsible.”
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Diagnostic Criteria The DSM-IV-TR diagnostic criteria for ADHD is two lists, the first list includes symptoms of inattention, poor concentration and disorganisation and the second includes symptoms of hyperactivity and behavioural impulsivity. In order to be diagnosed with ADHD the patient has to suffer with 6 or more symptoms of inattention which have lasted for at least 6 months and is maladaptive and inconsistent with developmental level. OR suffer from 6 or more symptoms of hyperactivity-impulsivity which have persisted for at least 6 months to a degree that is maladaptive and inconsistent with developmental level.
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INATTENTION (a). Often fails to give close attention to details or makes careless mistakes in schoolwork, work, or other activities
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This note was uploaded on 03/23/2011 for the course PSYCHOLOGY 101 taught by Professor North during the Spring '11 term at Heriot-Watt.

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ADHD2 - Intro to Psychology 2: ADHD Nicola McGuigan DB2.59

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