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Introduction There are at least two million children and adolescents with attention deficit disorders in the United States This large number of people which are affected by this disorder makes it something which we as a society must take seriously In the following essay I will explore many facets of this disorder These include An overview of ADDADHD the history of understanding this disorder common symptoms theories about why it occurs how to diagnose it medical treatments non-medical treatments and finally how it affects those who are afflicted with this problem Overview It is estimated that between two and three percent of all student age children have an attention deficit disorder This number is most likely only a partial counting of the children who struggle with this disorder as almost half of all cases go undiagnosed Boys are diagnosed with this disorder between five to nine times more frequently than girls It is believed that many girls have this disorder but dont display the disruptive behavior which people often tie to ADDADHD But what exactly is this disorder that I am talking about ADHD stands for Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder This is the official term used to describe all attention deficit disorders These include the predominantly inattentive type ADD the predominantly hyperactive and impulsive type and the combined type These used to all be classified under the ADD title but for -1- many children hyperactivity was the larger symptom than a lack of attention Yet there are all kinds of children who exhibit different combinations of the symptoms
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