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ADHD is said to be a neurological disorder that starts to show in some children in the preschool or early school years. It shows with symptoms like moodiness, poor impulse control, hyperactivity, distractibility, and forgetfulness. A child with ADHD finds it difficult to pay attention, and based on studies by Strock in 2003, between 3 and 5 percent of children are diagnosed ADHD. This is approximately 2 million children in the U.S. alone. For example if a classroom has between 25 to 30 student, it is most likely that at least one of these children will have ADHD. Dr. Goldstein has said "As children with ADHD grow older it often appears that the hyperactive-impulsive qualities lessen in severity and magnitude while the inattentive and disorganized patterns of behavior remain steady". In an article by Dr. Goldsmith, between 30 percent and 70 percent of children diagnosed with ADHD will carry at least some of there symptoms over into adulthood if not all of there symptoms.

Adult symptoms will occur in fluctuating severities and types, causing "significant impairments in interpersonal relations, marriage, emotional well-being, employment and daily adaptive functioning".

Types and Symptoms

Based on an article by Strock there are three main characteristics of ADHD. Hyperactivity, impulsivity, and inattention. Which as I said before begin in the early stages of childhood. In order to diagnose ADHD it is crucial that a child receive a complete exam for the simple fact that numerous normal children show signs of ADHD. Also normal children may have a completely different disorder causing them to show signs of ADHD.

Dr. Robinson says, "there are three subtypes of ADHD the predominately hyperactive-impulsive type, the predominately inattentive type, and the combined type. Hyperactive individuals who display this type of ADHD almost seem like a motor with an endless supply...