ADHD: Fact Or Fiction?

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ADHD: Fact or Fiction? Imagine you are a third grader at Conway Elementary School and the class is going over their multiplication tables. You try to focus but your mind just seems to wonder and ponder the events going on outside the window. The humming bird hovering outside or the stray dog wondering around the playground just seem to steal your focus from the math problems on the board. No matter how are you try to focus you just can’t seem sit still, and want to burst out of your seat and go run around outside. Attention-deficit disorder is a neurobehavioral developmental disorder that currently affects three to five percent of the world’s population under the age nineteen. According the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention…show more content…
According the CDC, ADHD is “neurobehavioral disorders of childhood and can persist through adolescence and into adulthood.” The symptoms for ADHD include procrastination, lack of focus and concentration, tardiness, and distractibility. Not every person classified with ADHD exhibits every symptom. Three types of ADHD have been created according to which symptoms are strongest in the individual: Predominantly Inattentive Type, Predominantly Hyperactive-Impulsive Type, and Combined Type. The Predominantly Inattentive Type the person is easily distracted, hard for the individual to organize, finish a task, and forgetful of details in daily routines. A person is Predominantly Hyperactive-Impulsive Type when he or she fidgets and talks a lot. Children of this type may exhibit over activeness and may play or run around constantly. In the combined type the person exhibits symptoms of both Predominantly Inattentive Type and Predominantly Hyperactive-Impulsive Type. These symptoms may be hard to notice in children because they do not have to deal with adult pressures of homework or work…show more content…
Other psychiatric problems such as depression, Alzheimer’s, and dementia are not based on lab test either. Almost all of today’s known mental disorders would be eliminated and go untreated if we recognized diseases based solely on test done in a lab. However, recent studies think that have found the cause of ADHD. According to Health and Daily News “Attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is a real disease linked to changes in production of the brain chemical dopamine, two new reports suggest.” In the first report researchers found that a variation in the dopamine receptor gene may help cause the behavioral condition of ADHD. Lead researcher Dr. Phillip Shaw said, "If you have a certain variant of this gene, you have a greatly increased risk of having ADHD." In the second study, scientists found that ADHD is associated with lowered dopamine production. ADHD is a real disease, which can not be cured but only treated. According to Journal of Child and Adolescent Psychopharmacrology, scientist recorded a study after conducting research on the long usage of IR-MPH, which they found children who took the 10 month trial of the medicine showed decreased signs of ADHD symptoms. Jeffrey Newcorn’s scholarly journal about Pychopharmacrologic Tretment recognizes methylphenidate and detroamphetamine as both good medicines to help control the symptoms of ADHD. They are both

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