Informative 'speech about Attention Deficit Disorder

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The diagnostic guidelines also contain specific requirements for determining when a child's symptoms indicate ADHD. The child's behaviors must appear early in life, before age seven, and continue for at least six months. The behaviors must create a real handicap in at least two areas of the sufferer's life such as in school at home, or socially-or at work ("Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder." NIMH, 2006).

At work, you say? What seven-year-old goes to work? Well, ADHD isn't always something people outgrow. Several recent studies indicate between 30 percent and 70 percent of children with ADHD continue to exhibit symptoms as adults ("Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder." NIMH, 2006). Because of increased awareness, and the unique demands of the school environment, ADHD is usually diagnosed when someone is fairly young. But adults, sometimes even adults who aren't aware of it, can suffer from ADHD. The symptoms in adults, because adults have consciously or unconsciously tried to control them, might not be so obvious. Hyperactive adults may feel internally restless, like they have to do a million things at once. They may find it hard to control their impulses-no matter how high their IQ, they might not be able to bite their tongue and say what's on their mind. And they might have trouble screening out the worker in the cubicle next to them, and other outside stimuli and pay attention to what they need to do. To be diagnosed with ADHD, an adult must have childhood-onset, persistent, and current symptoms ("Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder." NIMH, 2006).

What causes ADHS? Attention disorders often run in families, so genes may partly be to blame. Some people blame the modern diet, but in a recent study involving ADHD children and sugar, where children were given sugar on some days and a sugar substitute on alternate days, without parents, staff, or children knowing which substance was being administered, no significant effects of the sugar on behavior or learning was found. Yes, children with ADHD, like all children can have food sensitivities or learning disabilities, but it's important to remember that ADHD is not the same thing, and it's possible for a child to be ADHD and not be sugar sensitive, and not have trouble reading or…[continue]

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