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Chris Brown English 102 section 6 May 3 1996 ATTENTION DEFICIT DISORDER Approximately 3-5 of all American children have an Attention Deficit Disorder ADD ADD is a leading cause of school failure and under-achievement ADD characteristics often arise in early childhood As many as 50 of children with ADD are never diagnosed Boys significantly outnumber girls though girls are more likely to be undiagnosed with ADD ADD is not an attention disorder but a disorder of impulse control Seminar notes Barkeley Characteristics of Attention Deficit Disorder can include Fidgeting with hands or feet difficulty remaining seated awaiting turns in games following through on instructions shifting from one uncompleted task to another difficulty playing quietly interrupting conversations and intruding into other childrens games appearing to be not listening to what is being said doing things that are dangerous without thinking about the consequences Most scientist now believe that a brain dysfunction or abnormality in brain chemistry could be to blame for the symptoms of Attention Deficit Disorder The frontal lobes of the brain are thought to be most responsible for the regulation of behavior and attention They receive information from the lower brain which regulated arousal and screens incoming messages from within and outside of the body The limbic system a group of related nervous system structures located in the midbrain and linked to emotions and feelings also sends messages to the frontal lobes Finally the frontal lobes are suspected to be the site of working memory the place where information about the immediate environment is considered for memory storage planning and future-directed behavior Scientist believe the activity in the frontal lobes is depressed in people with ADD Studies show a decrease in the ability of the ADD brain to use glucose the bodys main source of energy leading to slower and
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