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Are We Paying Attention or is Ritalin Mothers Little HelperAttention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder ADHD and Attention Deficit Disorder ADD are increasingly being discussed interchangeably It has captured the attention of researchers everywhere With this disorder there exist prevailing evaluations and positive reinforcements behavior modifications which impact children with special needs Often times behavior is associated with learning for example out of seat behavior and hyperactivity The various learning problems theories diagnosis and conventional views of the disorder will be addressed Testing is being done using psychological in conjunction with and without medication for the treatment of ADD The widespread use of a controversial drug Ritalin and the possible side effects on children are being researchedAccording to the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders of the American psychiatric Association Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder ADHD also known as Attention Deficit Disorder ADD has been diagnosed in epidemic proportions Hallowell Ratey 1994 Pref Over the past fifteen years there has been an increase in the diagnosis of ADD In a report written by Louise Palmer Star Tribune Jan 30 1994 1E she writes that doctors psychologist and social workers say that a media blitz has turned ADD into the buzzword for the 90s the catchall for overly anxious kids Members of the community now suspect that a disturbing trend is emerging One Doctor Eugene Arnold a researcher at the National Institute of Health says ADD is rising and there are many others who join in his sentiments Star Tribune Jan 30 1994 1E The media has created a controversy by questioning the reality and extent of ADD medication for and over diagnosis of this inherited neurological syndromeIt is estimated that there are over two million children in the United States diagnosed as having this disorder Newsweek Mar 18 1996 pp 50-56 Psychology Annual edition 1998 191 This disorder is characterized by behavior that is disruptive and disturbing to others in the childs environment Children with ADD have
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