1ADHD Diagnosis and TreatmentStudent’s NamePSY1012: Introduction to PsychologyProfessor Kelley Segers Keiser UniversityDue Date
2Introduction to ADHDThis paper is a discussion of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), a chronic condition marked by persistent inattention, hyperactivity or impulsivity (WebMD, 2015). The symptoms of ADHD vary from person to person, not every individual has all the symptoms. ADHD is also linked to many social and psychological issues, so proper diagnosis and treatment is critical. The first acknowledgement of ADHD like symptoms was in 1902 by Sir George Still (Holland, 2016). The first usage of medication to treat ADHD was in the 1930’s, but it was not commonly diagnosed or treated until the 1990’s (Holland). For many people medication in addition to other treatment has been successful at minimizing symptoms and the problems associated with it. For others medication isn’t necessary and adjusting their lifestyle is sufficient to deal with the disorder. Around 11 percent of children have been diagnosed with ADHD (Brody, 2016). For adults, about 5 percent have been diagnosed with ADHD (WebMD, 2015). With so many people dealing with the effects of ADHD and many cases remaining undiagnosed, it is important to be aware of the disorder and what can be done to treat it.Symptoms and ChallengesThe symptoms of ADHD and how they present themselves vary between each individual.