Explore BrainMass

Explore BrainMass

    Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder

    Although there has been talk recently that doctors are over-diagnosing ADHD, leading to ‘zombie’ children who are all but sedated using Ritalin, etc.1, there is a risk in being too conservative with the diagnosis too as ADHD can be quite debilitating.

    Not hyper, but not much else. [Image credit danabooo]

    The main three elements of this behavior disorder are 1) inability to remain focused on a task for very long 2) bouts of extreme energy and often disruptive activity and 3) impulsive or reckless behavior acted out without concern for consequences. However, these symptoms must be experienced in a manner far more exaggerated than normal to constitute ADHD as many children display one of all of them on occasion. As with many disorders, a requirement for diagnosis is that it gets in the way of the sufferer’s functioning in everyday life.

    While ADHD is recognized in people of a range of ages, it is most commonly associated with young children and tends to manifest, if it is going to, by the end of adolescence. Estimates put ADHD prevalence at 3-5% of children in the US, and almost twice as many boys as girls within that2. Treatments are often mixed and highly individualized but usually contains elements like educational intervention, family therapy and medications.




    1. Dr. Koplewicz (2013). Are ADHD Medications Overprescribed?. [ONLINE] Available at: http://online.wsj.com/news/articles/SB10000872396390444301704577631591596516110. [Last Accessed 11.12.13].>

    2. Children's Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota (). Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). [ONLINE] Available at: http://www.childrensmn.org/web/mentalhealth/009413.asp?gclid=CKfor7KS2LoCFewRMwodAhUA_w#P10_2365. [Last Accessed 11.12.13].

    © BrainMass Inc. brainmass.com June 20, 2021, 3:07 am ad1c9bdddf

    BrainMass Solutions Available for Instant Download

    Qualitative and Quntitative Research Methods

    Hello: I am needing help in completing this assignment. I need to complete a chart that includes the following: Compare and Contrast Qualitative and Quantitative Research Methods specifically addressing the difference in: (a.) Understanding or defining constructs of interest (b.) Data Collection Procedures (c) Data A

    Capstone Project Help: Research Questions (ADHD)

    Hello: My graduate studies is in General Psychology. I need to choose 3 possible research topics that will help me examine my master's capstone. In need help in completing the following: (1) I need a brief description of the 3 potential research topics (2) A list of hypothesis identified from 3 peer-reviewed research arti

    Children with ADHD

    Please help me to understand that how the behavior of children with ADHD detrimentally affects instructional settings. With what other disabilities is ADHD found to have a certain level of overlap or comorbidity? There are broad categories of assessment useful in diagnosing ADHD. Define those categories and how is the data colle

    Describing the key characteristics of children with ADHD

    a. Describe some of the key characteristics of children with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder and what laws or Acts are referenced when identifying these children as being in need of special education services. b. Explain how a teacher should organize her classroom and adapt educational strategies to help peers and ot

    Describing the case study of Jonathon and his ADHD

    Jonathon is an engaging and rambunctious 8-year-old white boy, "smart as a whip but a real handful" according to his mother. Jonathon's preschool and first-grade teachers both suspected that Jonathon suffered from attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). He was evaluated in first grade by the school psychologist. Psyc

    Evaluating an ADHD Child's Progress - Transition Plan

    I need assistance with a summary of standard ways that psychologists in your discipline , or behavior analysis, evaluate client progress. Write a brief transition plan for your hypothetical client and predict some problems that he or she might have once leaving treatment. (300-400 words)

    SMART goal for child with ADHD

    I am looking for guidance to complete the problem. 1. Remember to use the target behavior that is to be changed. 2. Write a treatment goal that specifies the NEW, APPROPRIATE behavior that will be learned. Do not write about what the client WILL NOT DO. 3. Use the SMART goal method..... SMART= S(pecific), M(easurable),

    Capstone Project: Young Male Child with ADHD

    I need assistance in setting up a project for my capstone class. I am to select a hypothetical client and start with a template. I would like to chose a young male child as a client, grade school with behavior issues (maybe ADHD). Template: Name Age Gender Ethnicity Past history of treatment? Y/N-No Number of sibling

    ADHD: Biological/Psychological Versus Environmental.

    How might you make a case for biological/psychological reasons for ADHD as opposed to poor environmental fit? Are the physical markers irrefutable? Might adapting the environment be as effective for some children with this diagnosis as medication?

    Variables for ADHD

    As there are many disorders for which individuals are being treated for daily in clinics, ADHD is one of those most commonly seen disorders, especially in children and adolescents. As all data needs to be entered into a main computer system, which then go into a more centralized database, it has been concluded that the disorder

    Students with Emotional Behavioral Disturbance

    What type of instructional practice is used when teaching students with Emotional Behavioral Disability. What type of behavior interventions and modifications or systems are used when teaching students with Emotional Behavioral Disability. Why are these practices effective and from your own experience what would you recommend i

    Increase in ADD in Children & Adolescents

    Please help with the following problem. Include at least 200 words with at least one credible reference. What are some of the factors that have led to an increase in the diagnosis of Attention Deficit Disorder in children and adolescents? Keeping this in mind please discuss the difficulties in identifying abnormal behavior i


    Perhaps no childhood disorder creates for controversy than Attention Deficit Disorder. Does it exist? What is the cause? Is it over-diagnosed? What is the relative importance of genetics, diet, and family environment? Etc. Just a tip of the iceberg is seen by going to a website as benign as Web MD: What experiences have you

    Center for Disease Control and Prevention

    Center for Disease Control and Prevention- helpful information can be found @ (http: //www, cdc. gov/ncbddd/adhd/treatment.html) What are your thoughts on medicating a student with ADHD after reviewing the treatment information? Do you feel that medication is an appropriate intervention for students with attention difficulties

    Chantel-case study

    Chantel is an eight year old child recently diagnosed with ADHD. Chantel exhibits moderate hyperactivity and has great difficulty attending to the lessons and meeting time at school. Chantel seems to "forget" instructions easily and often does not complete assignments appropriately. She frequently forgets to turn in her homework


    Marcia is a client of yours assigned because she was arrested for participating in an attempted breaking and entry incident last week. This is her fourth arrest and due to her age, you are concerned that if she does not change her behaviors now, she will end up in adult prison soon. You read her record and find out that she has


    Attention Deficit Hyperactive Disorder and Conduct Disorder are behavior disorders that affect children's lives both socially and cognitively since they have difficulty understanding social rules. Imagine growing up unable to control behavioral impulses and not understanding why others react as they do to your actions! Children


    1.The United States consumes 80 % of the worldâ??s Methylphenidate (Ritalin). Are American children indeed suffering more behavioral illnesses, or have we as a society become less tolerant of disruptive behavior? 2.Is Hyperactivity the inevitable by-product of a society wide addiction to speed-cellular phones, faxes, e-mail


    Read the scenario below and imagine that you are working with this child. Mary, an eight-year-old student, is entering third grade in the fall. In the past two school years, she has been diagnosed with a speech disorder and Attention Deficit Disorder. Additionally, the results of her intelligence tests suggest that she re

    A student with ADHD

    A student with ADHD should be on medication or not. It is not uncommon to hear whispers of "his parents should put him on meds." What is your stance on medical intervention? Assume that the child has significant ADHD. What does the research say is the most effective treatment of ADHD? Does the research about the effects of medic

    Special education strategies used to teach students with learning disabilities. Guidelines for students who struggle with comprehension of the written word, have ADD/ADHD, struggle with decoding, and need time to process or complete materials.

    What are three strategies you may use to teach students with learning disabilities in class and why? Think about kids who struggle with comprehension of the written word; students who take a long time to process; students who struggle with small motor skills for writing; students who have something like ADHD where they have a

    ADHD in children

    It is important to children, especially those who have ADHD, to have some organization in their lives in order to thrive. In the school environment, this can be done by structuring the classroom and classroom activities to have less distractions from the room and the other children. This can also be done both at school and at ho

    Classroom accommodations for ADHD students

    When considering students who you will frequently see in the general education class with disabilities, those with ADHD will be very common and also can be a struggle at times. As a teacher, what other appropriate accommodations can you brainstorm to try with students with ADHD?

    There are two sides to the argument. One side, belongs to the medical establishment claiming several studies showing that children do not react to sugar and sugar does not effect the behavior of children with ADHD. The other side consists of all the mothers and family members who witness on a daily basis a change in behavior when they give their children sugar. Additional explanations and other scientific findings are offered.

    Please evaluate the presentation, and provide comments and additional information about the topic. In essence, you are adding to the literature review conducted by the team members of the project. Specifically,you should be looking for an additional article relevant to the topic and discussing its relevance to the topic. You ma

    About ADD and ADHD

    I am writing an essay on attention deficit disorder and attention deficit disorder Hyperactive. Need help starting it and resources?

    Students with ADHD

    1. Do you think young children are over diagnosed as ADHD? 2. What are some of the myths about ADHD? 3. Do you think children diagnosed with ADHD are overmedicated? If you had a child who was diagnosed with moderate ADHD would you medicate? Do you think there are better alternatives? What are the alternatives you would c

    Quick questions and answers on ADHD

    How does ADHD differ from disruptive behavior disorder? How can these two disorders affect a classroom? Do you believe doctors overprescribe medication for ADHD? Explain your answer