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ADHD: Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder

2 CE Contact Hours

Quick Overview

ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder) begins in childhood and can continue through adolescence into adulthood.  A child with ADHD finds it hard to focus, to sit in one place, to pay attention and may exhibit an inability to be quiet and patient.  A regular child will often feel unattended, have extra pent up energy and by nature, be impulsive.  In a child with ADHD these are magnified times 10.  This neurodevelopmental disorder is much more common than people assumed in the past.  Research is still being conducted to determine the causes of ADHD; its interactions with genetics, environment, the pregnant mother’s consumption of alcohol or smoking prior to birth, neglect, low birthweight, exposure to toxic substances – the list is as lengthy as you might imagine.  This course will examine these symptoms, possible sources of causation and what methods are currently being used to deal with this diagnosis.  There is no single test that fits all individuals diagnosed with ADHD; some may require medication, others mental health intervention; etc.