Learning About Help for Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder
Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD or ADD) is a neurobehavioral developmental disorder. It’s often identifiable by poor attention, distractibility, and impulsive behaviors of an individual. The use of stimulants to aid in this disorder date back to the late 1930s. ADD/ADHD is the most commonly studied and diagnosed psychiatric disorder in children.
Statistics and Facts
ADHD affects 3% to 5% of children around the world. It’s a chronic disorder with 30% to 50% of those diagnosed in childhood continuing symptoms into adulthood. An estimated 4.7% of American adults live with ADHD and tend to develop coping mechanisms to counteract for some or all of their impairments.
Diagnosed two to four times more frequently in boys than girls, the diagnosis of ADHD has been controversial since the 1970s. However, in 1998, the American Mental Association concluded that the diagnostic criteria for ADHD are based on extensive research. And, when applied correctly, can lead to the diagnosis of the disorder with high reliability.
ADHD has three subtypes:
1) Predominately hyperactive-impulsive
2) Predominately inattentive
3) Combined hyperactive-impulsive and inattentive
Getting Help for Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder
Finally, although most people exhibit some of the above-listed behaviors, they are generally not to the degree where it significantly interferes with their work, relationships, or school. Cases where they exhibit behavior listed above, combined with meeting other behavioral and diagnostic criteria, can lead to diagnosing the disorder.
In conclusion, the exact cause of ADHD is still up for determination. But, it is a condition that many believe to have genetic and biological components. This is because it tends to run in families. So, if ADHD runs in your family, this may be a symptom that you may be living with ADHD too.
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Dr. Rodriguez founded the Delray Center in 2003 and built it on a foundation of core clinical, professional, and ethical principles that are adhered to still to this day. Dr. Rodriguez founded the Delray Center in 2003 and built it on a foundation of core clinical, professional, and ethical principles that are adhered to still to this day.