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ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder)
Transcript of ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder)
Prevention and Treatment of ADHD
Avoid drinking, smoking, and drugs during pregnancy
What causes ADHD?
Characteristics of ADHD
both impulsive attention and hyperactive behaviors
more common in males
signs may begin at age 2 or 3
half adults suffer symptoms throughout childhood obliviously
How is ADHD Diagnosed?
*criteria for ADHD:
1) behavior excessive to expectations
2) long-term rather than reaction to change
3) consistent in two different settings
Exact cause unknown.
Genetics (neurotransmitters levels different)
Environmental exposure to pesticides or PCB toxins
Smoking and drinking during pregnancy
Injury to head (frontal lobe)
Three Types of ADHD
impaired attention and concentration
excessive restlessness and movement
difficulty thinking before acting
*Can have combined form involving all three
Symptoms of ADHD
What Causes ADHD/ADD: Genetics, Lifestyle,
Staff, Mayo Clinic. "Definition." Mayo Clinic. Mayo
National Institutes of Health. "Attention Deficit
No actual test
difficcult to diagnoise because symptoms vary
Birth Defect Project
Environment, Prenatal Care." WebMD. WebMD, n.d. Web. 23 Oct. 2013.
Foundation for Medical Education and Research, 05 Mar. 2013. Web. 23 Oct. 2013.
Hyperactivity Disorder." NIMH RSS. U.S. DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES, 2012. Web. 23 Oct. 2013.
short attention span
excessive talking, interrupts others
fidgets and squirms, constantly moving
problems with organizing tasks
difficulty following instructions or listening
forgets and loses items
no cure, but ways to relive symptoms
*most effective combinitaton is medication and therapy
medications include Ritalin and Adderall
more natural ways include
B vitamins and fishoil
consistent routine in relaxing environment