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Psychopathology Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder ADHD Attention-DeficitHyperactivity Disorder is a disorder in which there are persistent patterns of inattention and or impulsivity The disorder can span across social academic or occupational functioning The diagnosis and treatment for adults and children must be comprehensive so Doctors can determine other disorders that may be similar or associated with ADHD Although the exact causes of ADHD remain unknown current research suggests that heredity and neurological based condition could be the causes of the disorder Furthermore more boys are affected than girls DSM IV 1994 Some potential risk factors include genetic and environmental Research has suggested that a child may inherit the gene from a parent without the individual ever knowing he has the disorder or being diagnosed Environmental factors can exacerbate the disorder by stressors such as familial discord or divorce Hedayat Smucker 2001 Peer relations can be affected because of the childs aggressive behavior which can lead to social isolation The academic environment of the child can be affected as well A childs behavior can vary depending on the teachers management style The behavior interventions used by teachers are essential for ADHD children If a teacher is not consistent or does not use positive reinforcement this can have a negative affect on the student Reactions of children and adults with ADHD can vary greatly depending on the degree of education and knowledge parents teachers physicians and other concerned parties have of the disorder Parents teachers and authority figures may view the child as defiant because of the behavior The developmental delay associated with ADHD may make the child seem irresponsible and immature compared to hisher peers Issues during normal developing adolescents of identity independence peer pressures and sexuality can be overwhelming but for ADHD adolescents their ability
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