Adhd Essay

741 WordsSep 9, 20123 Pages
Attention-deficit/ hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is a development disorder. This means that ADHD hinders a child’s development of motor or cognitive skills. ADHD occurs mainly in school aged children, but can stay with a person into adulthood. ADHD is diagnosed in about 8% to 10% of school aged children and is 2 to 4 times more frequent in boys than in girls. About 4.7% of American’s continue to have ADHD as adults when diagnosed as a child. There is no cure for ADHD but there are treatments. There are three types of symptoms that occur with ADHD, they are inattention, hyperactivity, and impulsivity. With inattention the child is easily distracted by things around them. The child does not pay attention and appears not to be listening when spoken to. They have problems being organized and will often lose personal things. They have a tendency to daydream and forget to complete daily activities. The second symptom is hyperactivity. This symptom includes non-stop talking. The child is constantly fidgeting and squirming in their seat. They have a hard time completing quiet activities such as reading o themselves. When at a store or out in public they are always touching, grabbing, or playing with things around them It’s almost impossible for a child with ADHD to sit quietly and play by themselves. The third type of symptom is impulsivity. With impulsivity the child has a difficult time waiting for their turn. Instead they will blurt out answers and sometimes even try to answer questions before it is finished being asked. They will often interrupt when other people are talking. When a child has ADHD they may or may not have all of the symptoms. To be correctly diagnosed with ADHD a specialist needs to observe the child for six months in two different settings, such as home and school. There are three subtypes that ADHD can be divided into.

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