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ADHD Research Paper - Types/Terms to Discuss Inattentive Subtype Combined Subtype Residual Subtype Hyperactivity/Impulsivity AD/HD is a condition

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Types/Terms to Discuss : Inattentive Subtype Combined Subtype Residual Subtype Hyperactivity/Impulsivity AD/HD is a condition that affects multiple aspects of mood, cognitive abilities, behaviors, and daily life Only about 30 percent of ADHD cases occur without another condition being present, and this number may be even high in women. Females (Adults) : ₁₇ Perform better than males on attention Knowledge of ADHD in women is extremely limited as few studies have been conducted Often overlooked when young and often not diagnosed till they are adults ₁₀ Frequently recognizes her own AD/HD after one of her children has received diagnosis Fewer symptoms of ADHD and other externalized problems (conduct disorder, delinquency, and aggression) ₁₁ Some seek treatment because their lives are out of control (financial chaos; poorly managed paperwork and record-keeping; unable to keep up with daily tasks like meals, laundry, and life management) ₁₂ Some are successful in hiding their AD/HD, struggling valiantly to keep up with increasingly difficult demands by working into the night and spending their free time trying to “get organized.” ₁₃ describes herself as feeling overwhelmed and exhausted ₁₄ Compulsive overeating, alcohol abuse, and chronic sleep deprivation may be present in women ₁₃ Often experience dysphoria (unpleasant mood), major depression and anxiety disorders ₁₄ experience more psychological distress and have lower self-image than men with AD/HD Studies show that AD/HD in a family member causes stress for the entire family 13 . However, stress levels may be higher for women than men because they bear more responsibility for home and children husbands of women with AD/HD are less tolerant of their spouse’s AD/HD patterns than wives of men with AD/HD 14 ₁₃ Chronic stress takes its toll on women with AD/HD, affecting them both physically and psychologically ₁₅ Women who suffer chronic stress like that associated with AD/HD are more at risk for diseases related to chronic stress such as fibromyalgia 15 ₁₆ Challenge of finding a professional who can provide appropriate treatment since there are very few clinicians experienced in treating adult AD/HD, and even fewer who are familiar with the unique issues faced by women with AD/HD
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This note was uploaded on 05/02/2011 for the course PSY 2012 taught by Professor Malekat.campbell during the Fall '09 term at Brevard Community College.

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ADHD Research Paper - Types/Terms to Discuss Inattentive Subtype Combined Subtype Residual Subtype Hyperactivity/Impulsivity AD/HD is a condition

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