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Uncovering Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder or ADHD

Aug 30, 2008
In today's world, the mass media is one of the most powerful sources of information. These have enabled people access and research any subject within a few seconds. One of the most researched subjects is medicine and diseases which are lesser known of. Thus diseases like the ADHD are one of the most researched and looked up. ADHD is a disease which mainly affect and is a neurological disorder.

What is ADHD?
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder or ADHD is a disease which affects people, mainly children, with respect to aspects like impulsivity, hyperactivity, inattentivity and boredom. However there is a controversy surrounding ADHD which states that ADHD cannot be diagnosed and that there are no proper and well defined medical tests to diagnose ADHD.
ADHD can also be defined as neurological imbalance caused mainly due to genetic factors.

The main characteristics of ADHD are as follows:
1) Lack of attention
2) Hyperactivity
3) Lack of control on impulsiveness
4) Inability to complete given tasks
5) Frustration
6) A child suffering from ADHD can be easily distracted.
7) Lacks organizational skills.
8) Can act without thinking too much about the action and its consequences.
Many of the children suffering from ADHD also show anti- social characteristics and rebel against the laws of the society.

Is ADHD really that big a problem?
According to a new report released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), approximately 1.6 million elementary school-aged children have been diagnosed with Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). Estimates reveal that about 6% of school going kids has ADHD problems. This figure is only partially representative as less than 50% of cases might be reported, less than that, diagnosed.

Approximately 35% to 40% of the children suffer from ADHD. It is one of the most common psychological defects faced by children today. As per researches conducted in the United States, almost 5% of the children suffer from the problem of ADHD.

ADHD is actually a problem which was very much prevalent in the past too. However it seems as though it is a new kind of disease because of the increasing awareness about the disease courtesy, well defined and authentic media documents and increasing medical research on it.

Causes and Diagnosis of ADHD:
The exact causes of ADHD are not yet known. However experts believe that the main causes of this disease are mainly genetical causes. There are also other factors like environmental causes responsible for ADHD.

ADHD can be diagnosed through various psychological tests. However it is not necessary that these tests are always conclusive. A professional psychiatrist or a psychologist can help a lot in ascertaining the degree and nature of the disease and help in treating the disease.

Conclusion:
A child suffering from ADHD requires the support of his parents, teachers and of all the people surrounding the child. Counseling, various tests and therapies can help the child in overcoming his difficulties and transform him into a truly gifted child.
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