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An Exploration of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder

Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, usually referred to as ADHD, is a commonly diagnosed mental disorder frequently found in children. In the 1994 edition of Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, Ed. IV, (DSM-IV) it's defined as" a disruptive behavior disorder characterized by the presence of a set of chronic and impairing behavior patterns that display abnormal levels of inattention, hyperactivity, or their combination."

The disorder is also sometimes called Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD), indicating that a patient has trouble focusing and completing a given task. A diagnosis of ADHD suggests that the patient not only can't concentrate, but suffers from an abundance of energy. The acronym of ADHD ismore commonly used since it covers the whole spectrum of inappropriate behaviors - inattention and hyperactivity - exhibited by those with this condition.

ADHD is experienced in adulthood by 60 percent of those displaying symptoms in childhood, representing about four percent of the adult population. While the childhood incidence may be treated by several methods, the adult manifestation of this disorder is all too often ignored. Perhaps because by the time a patient has reached adulthood, he or she has developed enough mechanisms to deal with the condition.

This Web site is designed to give you the latest information on what can be done to help children, adults, and their families cope more effectively with Attention Deficit Disorder and Attention Deficit and Hyperactivity Disorder. We'll cover the causes and symptoms of ADHD and present information about different treatment options for it. For the sake of convenience, we will refer to both ADD and ADHD as ADHD on this site.

Please note that nothing on this site is intended to be used to diagnosis, advise or treat anyone with any condition or malady. Nor should any information on this site, or links offered to information on this site, be considered or used as a substitute for medical advice, diagnosis or treatment.

Merln Hurd PhD; BCN, QEEGT

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