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Articles on Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder

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ADHD Beyond the Classroom by News Canada

Well summarized article that examines the causes for ADHD as well as how it may be diagnosed.  Stresses the importance of treatment.

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(NC)—"Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) is thought by some to be an "academic" disability causing difficulties with attention and concentration in the classroom. However, ADHD is more than just an academic issue, it is a neurobiological disorder caused by chemical differences in the brain. Untreated, it may affect all aspects of the lives of those with ADHD, including his/her social interactions, extra-curricular activities and family relationships. ADHD requires continuous symptom relief to improve the overall functioning of a child."

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ADHD Management : The Necessity of Psychotherapy : Clinical Paper by Derek Wood, RN, BC, MS

Well written paper which looks in depth at the various modalities and options for treating ADHD.

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"Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) is generally treated by medication in the United States. Medication treats the acute symptoms of the disease, but does little to affect the long-term prognosis if the medication in stopped. Non-pharmacological methods of treating ADHD take longer to work, but effect long-term changes in behavior. Thus, a multimodal treatment of ADHD is the best choice, especially in light of the fact the many children who take medication stop their medications within 1 year."

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What is Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder? by Derek Wood, RN, BC, MS

Excellent overview on the different types of ADHD, criteria for diagnosis, and treatment approaches.

Excerpt -"Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), sometimes inaccurately referred to as ADD (There is no clinical term by this name) is a disorder usually first diagnosed in infancy, childhood or adolesence. In the United States, approximately 3 - 5% of children are diagnosed with this disorder currently, with the peak around ages 8-9 years of age., with approximately 50% of cases diagnosed before age 4. The ratio of males to females is 3 males for every 1 female diagnosed."

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