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Transcript of ADHD
By Kenneth Attaway
Exact causes are unknown, but genetics play huge role
Results from studies of twins show ADHD runs in families
ADHD linked with alcohol and smoking during pregnancy
Person must show at least six of the major signs for ADHD for 6 months for ages up to 16
Must show at least five symptoms for six months for ages 17 and older
Daily Life With ADHD
What is ADHD?
Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder
It is a mental disorder that is mostly diagnosed in kids.
Struggles to finish tasks
Doesn't pay attention to details
Easily distracted and forgets daily routines
ADHD can be treated multiple ways including
Behavioral intervention strategies
ADHD help in school
Children who are diagnosed with ADHD typically need treatment through teenage years and adulthood.
If untreated ADHD can cripple one's social life and academic performance
Fidgets and talks
Has trouble sitting still
Person feels very restless
Also may interrupt people a lot
Agencies for ADHD
American Psychiatric Association
First definitively described in 1902 by George Still
"Abnormal defect or moral control in children."
Originally known as Hyperkinetic Impulse Disorder
First recognized as ADHD in 1960s
Doshi JA., Hodgkins P., Kahle J., Sakirica V., Congilosi MJ., (2013, October 24) CDC. http://www.cdc.gov/features/ADHD/
U.S Department of Health and Human Services (2012) NIMH. http://www.nimh.nih.gov/health/publications/attention-deficit-hyperactivity-disorder/index.shtml
Nordqvist C., (2013 July) ADHDtreatmentforkids http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/info/adhd/
ADHD & The Brain
Children with ADHD have lower metabolism in certain areas of the brain: