ADHD: BOYS VS. GIRLS

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Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, also known as ADHD, is one of the most common conditions to manifest amongst kids. While this chronic mental disorder causes disruptive behavior and problems focusing for both genders, there are significant differences in the symptoms between boys and girls.

According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, boys are three times more likely to receive an ADHD diagnosis than girls. This is not because this condition is more common among boys, but because the symptoms of ADHD appear rather differently in girls making it harder to diagnose correctly. Very often, young females will only show subtle symptoms that can be very difficult for medical professionals to pick up on. According to the NHS, ADHD affects up to five per cent of the children. Common signs of this condition among children often include inability to concentrate, extreme amounts of energy Read more

ADHD and the difficulty in making a correct diagnosis

The so-called ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder) is increasingly diagnosed in more children (who are treated with drugs) in Western societies.

Since the turn of the century, the number of children diagnosed with ADHD has risen by 40%. The figures in the U.S., for instance, are very representative: 11% of children are diagnosed with ADHD, while 4 out of every 100 adults are affected. This happens to be the most common mental illness in the UK as well.

But the real question remains: Is there really such a thing as Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder? For Dr. Richard Saul Chicago, the answer is a resounding no. According to the recent and controversial book by Dr. Saul, “ADHD Does Not Exist,” he argues that there is not a single individual in the world affected by this disorder. The supposed symptoms of ADHD manifest themselves through, for example, the inability to pay attention and sit still in a chair – typical behaviour of millions of students around the globe. ADHD has also been associated with a number of behavioural patterns: excessive talking, low tolerance Read more

Learning to live with ADHD

Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) is a condition that begins in childhood and is characterised by difficulty in keeping attention, hyperactivity and clear difficulty in the control of impulses.

This disorder has become a major concern for parents in recent years as it generates severe learning disabilities in children.

A large number of organizations have started a movement to request the establishment of a World Day of Awareness of ADHD. The date chosen by those who are promoting the initiative is this coming 13th of July. The following figures justify this application. According to a letter of request to the WHO for this day to be held, Dr. Russel A. Barkley, a professor at the Medical University of South Carolina, reported that this psychiatric condition occurs in 5% to 7% of children, and between 4% and 5% of adults worldwide. Genetic causes Several studies have found that ADHD is, in a large Read more