Attention Deficit Hyperactivty Disorder

Essay by miabanzonA, February 2003

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Identifying and diagnosing ADHD is indeed a vital step. Parents will usually be able to see signs of ADHD by the time the child enters school. If hyperactivity, inattention, and other symptoms are seen, parents should consult a pediatrician, psychologist, psychiatrist, or neurologist to see if the child's disturbing behaviors could be a disorder.

Some children may have the symptoms of ADHD but they really do not have a disorder. There are many factors that can cause these symptoms, such as emotional problems, middle ear infection, learning disabilities, and others. It is important to see a proper doctor first to diagnose if the child has a disorder. There are a lot of children who are hyperactive as well as teenagers and adults who are extremely disorganized but these people do not have a disorder.

When diagnosed with ADHD the patient should undergo treatment. Getting the proper treatment will certainly help the ADHD sufferer and his/her family at many stages.

There are a wide variety of treatments out in the market but medication with cognitive behavioral therapy is the best treatment for ADHD. (National Institute of Mental Health; Internet)

The first step in making a diagnosis is for the doctor to trace the roots of the possible causes for the patient's disruptive behavior. The doctor should see if the patient has any records of allergies, nutrition problems, poor vision or hearing, seizures, emotional disorders, and other health reasons that might cause the patient to act differently. Another factor is the patient's environment because it might be stressful.

The next step would be comparing the patient's behavior to the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorder (DSM), to the past and present behavior, and to the people similar to the patient's age. Sometimes, a patient can be checked for social...