Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder
Instructor Jane Dooley
Researchers have found that attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder, also known as ADHA, is a childhood disorder that is characterized by inattention, impulsiveness, and simply known as hyperactivity. All this really says, is that children and some adults simply have trouble focusing on given tasks, and have a hard time sitting still. According to Polanczyk, de Lima, Horta, Biederman, and Rohde, (2007) this disorder affects about 5% of all school children, and about 4% of adults in the United States (Kessler et al., 2006), and is most commonly found in men rather than women.
Although attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder is one of the most common disorders, it does not affect one’s ability to be successful in school, work, or any other type of activity. However, some feel that medications, such as a psycho stimulant, are necessary, others may feel that it is just caused from boredom and can be treated through a more vigorous type of activity that may keep one’s attention. It is important to know what the symptoms are of ADHA, so that one can be treated accordingly. Some of the symptoms are as follows:
* Easily distracted, may miss details, forget things, and frequently switch from one activity to another.
* Have difficulty focusing on one thing.
* Become bored with tasks or learning something new.
* Have difficulty processing new information.
* Fidgety or squirmy.
* Talk non-stop.
* Constant motions.
* Have difficulty being quiet for a period of time.
It is easy to mistake the similarities of ADHD with symptoms of inattention, hyperactivity, or impulsivity. Many times a child is just hyper, whereas other children are considered to be problem children. Either way, diagnosing them correctly is crucial as the child or adult is being ‘labeled’ and it may lead to further emotional problems for that person. It is also...