An Introduction To Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder
ADHD has many forms and numerous slightly differing manifestations. There are already more
than five recorded and documented forms of ADHD.
And although sometimes questioned, it is widely acknowledged that this is a medical condition
which is carried through the genes, and therefore often manifests itself as certain disorders of
the nervous system (of which there are many).
The DSM-IV Manual of Diagnosis reports that any type, form or kind of Attention Deficit
Hyperactivity Disorder should be grouped under the category of ADHD.
This main central list is
subsequently broken into ADHD types;
- ADHD Combined Type
- Impulsive-Hyperactive Type or
- ADHD Inattentive Type
Some time ago, the phrases attention deficit disorder “with" or “without" hyperactivity were also
coined and widely used. There can be many combinations so that different sufferers will show
Generally Attention Deficit Hyperactivity affects numerous sections of the brain, often more than
four unique parts of the brain.
Because of this, it results in many unique “profiles" and “styles" of
young people, so having a ‘standard set of behavior and monitoring against that for any child
and possibly even adults with ADHD or ADD doesn't always work.
There are four main spheres:
1) Inability to attend
2) Difficulties with Impulse Control
3) Problems associated with motor restlessness and/or hyperactivity
4) An increased propensity to become bored - A condition yet to be “officially" declared in
manuals of diagnosis
Here are a few more important elements of this condition:
a. When you know what to look for, this disorder and its effects are observable and can be
monitored in most circumstances, but this should be done both at school and at home. If a child
shows symptoms only in one place then possibly there is a reason for this which should be
b. often, the disorder becomes more noticeable before the child reaches seven years of age.
Since ADHD diagnosis is caused at least in part by neurological problems, it may be from a head injury or
may have been carried in the genetics itself.
If ADHD is going to occur normally it will be apparent by the age of seven.