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  • on February 12, 2012
  • Category: Psychology
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ADHD Consequences
(Early to Late Childhood)

October 9, 2011

ADHD Consequences
(Early to Late Childhood)

Most parents who recognize and accept that their child has ADHD look for treatment of some kind. It might be prescription medication, natural methods like diet and supplements, or therapy and/or coaching. Some kids, though, never get properly diagnosed or treated. Sometimes it is a matter of refusing to believe that your child has ADHD, sometimes it’s because there’s no one who cares enough to point it out. In the case of low income families, it may be a matter of finances.   Whatever the reason, a child who has untreated ADHD is at risk for many things.
Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is a developmental disorder. It is primarily characterized by "the co-existence of attention problems and hyperactivity, with each behavior occurring infrequently alone" and symptoms starting before the age of seven.   Affecting approximately 3 to 5 percent of children and diagnosed in approximately 2 to 16 percent of school aged children, ADHD is the most commonly studied and diagnosed psychiatric disorder.  
ADHD Time Line
1902: Dr. Still, a British doctor, documented cases of impulsive behavior, making ADHD first recognized and given the name: “Defect of Moral Control”
1922: ADHD symptoms were described and diagnosed as “Post Encephalitic Behavior Disorder”
1937: Dr. Charles Bradley first introduced stimulants which were used to treat children who exhibited signs of ADHD
1956:   Ritalin came on the market to treat children considered “hyperactive”
1960s:   In the early part of the decade, the term "Minimal Brain Dysfunction" was used to describe the disorder, but this was changed to "Hyperkinetic Disorder of Childhood" in the later part of the decade.   Stimulants were increasing in use to treat children.
1970s:   More symptoms were recognized to go along with hyperactivity, including impulsiveness, lack of focus, daydreaming, and other lack of focus...

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