Attention Defecit Disorder Essay Research Paper ADD

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Attention Defecit Disorder Essay, Research Paper A.D.D (attention defecit disorder) – A.D.D – out line hyperactivity descriptions kid causes age cures difunctions habits chillinTo inform the class on Attention Deficit (Hyperactivity) DisorderAttention Deficit Disorder has many characteristics, symptoms, and treatments that accompany it. Specific Purpose: To inform the class on Attention Deficit (Hyperactivity) Disorder. Kris,17, and Josh, 16, are two teenagers that have been diagnosed with ADD. Kris is a borderline case because he doesn’t need medication and has learned to control his ADD pretty well. Josh, on the other hand, is on daily medication, and goes to see a psychologist every week for behavior modification therapy. Kris and Josh are also my two brothers.

Coming from a family with a history of Attention Deficit Disorder, I have experienced, first hand, how ADD affects the person and the people around them. I have seen the positive and the negative aspects of this disorder. So, today, I am hoping to share some of this with you to help give you a better knowledge and understanding of this disorder, some of its symptoms and characteristics, some of its treatments, and a few controversies surrounding it. I. What is Attention Deficit Disorder and what causes it?A. According to the book All About Attention Deficit Disorder by Thomas Phelan, ADD is a shortage in the production or usage of a neurotransmitter in the brain. B. There are other possibilities as to the cause of ADD, though at the time my sources were printed, they had not been

scientifically proved. 1. Genetics and heredity have proven to have a strong correlation to ADD, and I believe that since the time of print, ADD has been proven to be passed on from generation to generation. 2. There have also been studies done showing a relationship between brain damage, due to head trauma after and during birth, and brain damage due to toxins, but as I said before, these have not yet, to my knowledge, been scientifically proven. C. According to Dr. Robin S. Barack, the average person has about seven thought go through his/her head per minute, while the average ADD child has about 120 thoughts per minute.D. Think about those statistics for a minute, then ask yourself, are these people really Attention Deficit?II. What are some of the symptoms and characteristics

of ADD?A. The DSM IV, or the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, published on a regular basis by the American Psychiatric Association, has a list of symptoms for inattention and for hyperactivity-impulsivity, which are the two very, very basic characteristics of ADD. 1. At least six of the inattention symptoms and five of the hyperactivity-impulsivity symptoms must occur for a diagnosis. 2. These symptoms must must have been obvious for at least six months, to the point where they interfere with normal development, and some would have appeared before the age of seven. 3. Some symptoms are apparent in two or more settings, such as work, home, and school. 4. There must be clear, clinically significant evidence to show that the person is having trouble functioning

in normal social, academic, and occupational settings. 5. Finally, none of the symptoms mentioned above are a result Schizophrenia, or any other type of Psychotic, Mood, Anxiety, Dissociative, Personality, or Pervasive Developmental Disorders. B. In his article What’s It Like To Have ADD?, Edward Hallowell, M.D., a child psychiatrist, who himself has ADD, is quoted as saying, “…It’s like being super-charged all the time. You get one idea and you have to act on it, and then, what do you know, but you’ve got another idea before you’ve finished up with the first one, and so you go for that one, but of course a third idea interrupts the second, and you just have to follow that one, and pretty soon people are calling you disorganized and impulsive and all sorts of impolite