Notes : Psychology 001 Online Fall Essay
09 December 2015
Final Paper - Psychology 001 Online Fall About ten million adults suffer from ADHD, and it’s present in about one in seven kids. While it was once thought to be a disorder exclusive to children, a significant number of individuals continue to experience symptoms into adulthood. (Children and Adults with Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder [CHADD] n.d.)
ADHD was first introduced to the DSM in the 80’s, although it’s similar to an illness Hippocrates described in 460 to 370 BC. (Grohol, 2015) It’s characterized by, unsurprisingly, difficulty with attention and staying focused, among other things. There are three presentations - those with primarily inattentive symptoms, those whose symptoms are primarily related to hyperactivity-impulsivity, and those with a combined presentation.
Per the DSM V, the diagnostic criteria for ADHD:
“A. A persistent pattern of inattention and/or hyperactivity-impulsivity that interferes with functioning or development, as characterized by (1) and/or (2):
1. Inattention: Six (or more) of the following symptoms have persisted for at least 6 months to a degree that is inconsistent with developmental level and that negatively impacts directly on social and academic/occupational activities:
Note: The symptoms are not solely a manifestation of oppositional behavior, defiance, hostility, or failure to understand tasks or instructions. For older adolescents and adults (age 17 and…