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Treatment of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder Medication vs Alternative Therapies Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder ADHD is a chronic not episodic illness occurring in 3-5 of the school- aged population ADHD is characterized by inattentiveness hyperactivity and impulsiveness Most medical professionals classify ADHD as a neurodevelopmental or neurobehavioral disorder that emerges in childhood and may persist into adulthood McCleery 2001 As of today scientists have been unable to pin point a cause for ADHD Genetic case studies suggest a strong genetic component though there are other components as well such as in-utero exposure to cocaine alcohol cigarettes andor other drugs or early childhood exposure to lead or heavy metals Children with ADHD exhibit hyperactivity inattentiveness and impulsivity ADHD children often have stressed relationships due to the inability to remain on task they are less compliant with parental instructions and display more negative behavior than children of the same age without ADHD These relationship stresses and environmental influences in early childhood can lead to a series of other disorders commonly found in people with ADHD ADHD is often paired with a variety of coexisting conditions Some of the conditions are Oppositional Defiant Disorder ODD Conduct Disorder depression anxiety and learning difficulties These coexisting conditions can result from lack of treatment for the ADHD child If ADHD is treated as early as it is detected many of these disorders can be prevented from affecting the child now or in years to come Jensen 2001 Treatment for ADHD can be found through a variety of different avenues In the past ADHD has most commonly been treated by medicating the child While this is effective to a certain extent researchers have found the combination of medication and behavioral treatment to be the most effective in reducing the symptoms direct and indirect of ADHD Wells et al 2000 There is also an array of alternative therapies available for treatment Each and every treatment for ADHD has its pros and
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