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ADHD, or Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, is a problem that impacts inattentiveness, over-activity, impulsivity, or a combination of those symptoms.

The disorder was also known as ADD, or Attention Deficit Disorder. It is most commonly diagnosed during childhood years, and impacts 3 to 5% of school children. It is found more often in boys, than in girls. The exact cause of the disorder is unknown. Images of the brains of ADHD patients differ from that of non-afflicted individuals. The majority of children with ADHD develop another developmental of behavioral issue; this may include a psychiatric problem such as a depression, or bipolar disorder. The symptoms of ADHD can fall into three groups: lack of attention; hyperactivity; and impulsive behavior. Often times, difficult children are incorrectly diagnosed with ADHD; conversely, many children who do have ADHD never are identified. Symptoms must be severe enough to cause significant difficulties at home, school, and in relationships with other children. Treating ADHD requires a specification of target goals as a guide for behavioral therapy. Medication is also recommended as an appropriate course of action. Psychostimulants, such as Adderall, Ritalin, and Vyvanese, are the most commonly used drugs to treat the disorder. Behavior therapy is also key in treatment. Talking between the child and family can help in gaining control of the stressful feelings surrounding ADHD. Due to the long-term nature of the condition, failing to appropriately treat ADHD could lead to additional consequences. Drug and alcohol abuse, failure in education, issues at work, and criminal activity are all-possible. There is no proven way to prevent ADHD, but identifying the problem early can prevent further behavioral complications. Board, A.D.A.M. Editorial. Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). U.S. National Library of Medicine, 18 Nov. 0000. Web. 26 Sept. 2012. <http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmedhealth/PMH0002518/>. "Attention Deficit Disorder Association." Attention Deficit Disorder Association. N.p., n.d. Web. 26 Sept. 2012. <http://www.add.org/>. Word Count: 308
You wrote "Often times, difficult children are incorrectly diagnosed with ADHD; conversely, many children who do have ADHD never are identified"....Now don't take this personally or make any judgments from this question but how much of this labeling of children do you think we can attribute to lazy parents, lazy teachers, etc. who just don't want to be bothered working with children who are not sedate and easily controlled? Response to Dr. Warren 9/27/2012 5:32:55 PM

Eric Tyburski

We are put on this earth to serve a purpose, unfortunately not everyone can be a good parent or teacher. With this being said, I find many adults like to take short cuts in life. Families that are hectic or classrooms that are disorderly might find medication to be the key ingredient in providing a well balanced atmosphere. Although it might be the solution at the time, it can also be a recipe for disaster. A child's mind needs to grow and should not be altered because they appear to be less mature then the norm. However, in some cases medication could be the solution. I think every case should be treated with caution and consideration. A child's future could be at stake, so it is important for parents and teachers to communicate and to consider all options.