ADD/ADHD

Tyler Johnson 10/13/15 6th period

Definition

A chronic condition including attention difficulty, hyperactivity, and impulsiveness.

Causes

Children born with a low birth weight, born premature, or whose mothers had difficult pregnancies have a higher risk of having ADHD. The same is true for children with head injuries to the frontal lobe of the brain, the area that controls impulses and emotions.Studies show that pregnant women who smoke or drink alcohol may have a higher risk of having a child with ADHD. Exposure to lead, PCBs, or pesticides may also have a role.

symptoms : easily distracted ,difficulty paying attention

treatments: prescribed medication

background info

The data from a national sample of children with special health care needs, ages 4-17 years, collected in 2009-10, showed that most children with ADHD received either medication treatment or behavioral therapy; however, many were not receiving treatment as described in the best practice guidelines 2011

  • Less than 1 in 3 children with ADHD received both medication treatment and behavioral therapy, the preferred treatment approach for children ages 6 and older.
  • Only half of preschoolers (4-5 years of age) with ADHD received behavioral therapy, which is now the recommended first-line treatment for this group.
  • About half of preschoolers with ADHD were taking medication for ADHD, and about 1 in 4 were treated only with medication.

ADHD medication and behavioral therapy among children with ADHD (ages 4-17) with special health care needs

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ADHD Kids Before and After