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Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder Attention Deficit Disorders have become a very highly controversial topic during the last decade Attention Deficit Disorder also known as ADD is a broad almost generic term for the different types of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorders The Diagnostic and Statistical manual of the American Psychiatric Association offers us this definition ADHD is a disorder that can include a list of nine specific symptoms of inattention and nine symptoms of hyperactivityimpulsivity In addition the Concise Columbia Electronic Encyclopedia provides this interpretation a chronic neurologically based syndrome characterized by any or all of three types of behavior hyperactivity distractibility and impulsivity Unlike similar behaviors caused by emotional problems or anxiety ADHD does not fluctuate with emotional states About 1-3 of the school aged population has the full ADHD syndrome without symptoms of other disorders Another 5-10 have partial ADHD syndrome with one or more other problems such as anxiety or depressionCHADD Gender and age affect the way the patients display their symptoms Boys are more likely to have the disorder than girls The symptoms of ADHD usually decrease with age but those symptoms related with other similar disorders are said to increase with age 30-50 of children with ADHD may display symptoms although often times less severe into adulthood ADHD may be observed in children before the age of four but its signs are often missed until the child begins school ADHD is often accompanied by learning difficulties excessive physical activity impulsive actions inattention and social inappropriateness Many of the children affected by ADHD exhibit a low threshold for frustration which predisposes them to uncontrollable tantrums and inability to concentrate in a controlled setting such as a classroom The behavioral symptoms associated with ADHD must last more than six months to be diagnosed as an attention disorder although it is not uncommon for medical doctors promote the idea of office diagnosis Diagnosis of ADHD syndrome in a doctors office however
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