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Attention-deficit hyperactivity disorderADHD is much more prevalent in todays society compared to previous generations More and more people are being diagnosed at an alarming rate To my surprise I learned this disorder does not only affect children There are many adults who suffer from it also ADHD characteristics are neuro-biologically based and they often change as the individual gets older One does not out-grow ADHD even though the behaviors or symptoms may not be exhibited in the same manner or with the same intensity After learning this fact I thought it would be very interesting to see how this disorder affects both children and college students Therefore I choose one journal article which relates ADHD to children and the other which deals with the effects of ADHD on college students The first journal article I researched An Intervention Approach for Children with Teacher and Parent Identified Attentional Difficulties explained that inattention impulsivity distractibility and restlessness are all signs of a child with an attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder There are three subtypes of ADHD which have been defined by the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders as predominantly inattentive predominately hyperactive impulsive and combined Semrud-Clekeman Nielsen Clinton Sylvester Parle and Connor 1999 Usually children who exhibit these subtypes have difficulty completing assignments displaying high qualities of work and maintaining good behaviors Children with the hyperactivity-impulsivity subtype do not display significant attentional problems though they are identified as young as pre-schoolers However symptoms of inattention dont typically emerge until the later ages which must be why the predominately inattentive and combined subtypes of ADHD have been found in older school-age children These children who have been identified as having ADHD show an inability to use effective problem solving over a period of time When researchers looked at their brain structures they found that the frontal-striatal regions are involved with the childs ability to inhibit focus and shift attention Researchers have formed interventions involving the behavioral or
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