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Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)

About Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)

A picture of child with ADHD disorder running inside his bedroomAttention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is a neurodevelopmental disorder that typically develops during childhood. The disorder often persists into adulthood and is more frequently diagnosed among males than females. Although ADHD may be informally referred to as “ADD,” an acronym for attention-deficit disorder, this term is no longer used in clinical practice. The three defining behavioral features of ADHD are inattention, hyperactivity, and impulsivity. Clinically, inattention is defined as a tendency to stray off task, give up on tasks too easily, or struggle to maintain focus for reasons other than disobedience or incomprehension. Hyperactivity involves symptoms such as constant movement, excessive fidgeting, and excessive talking.(Opposing Viewpoints)

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  • Discuss causes and symptoms of ADHD.
  • What are the latest treatments for ADHD and which offers the greatest promise?
  • How effective are drugs like Ritalin in the treatment of ADHD and why are they so controversial?
  • Discuss the similarities and differences of ADHD in children/adolescents versus adults.
  • What are some effective teaching strategies educators use for students with ADHD?
  • What are some techniques adults use to function in society?