Attention Deficit / Hyperactivity Disorder
This independent study was prepared to inform nurses on the characteristics of children who suffer from Attention-Deficit / Hyperactivity Disorder. Attention-Deficit / Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) is a neurological condition that affects millions of children and adults in this country and worldwide. ADHD can cause severe problems in the social, academic, and occupational functioning of those children and adults who suffer from it. Although ADHD has been recognized over the past fifty years under a variety of different names and with a wide array of presenting behaviors and symptoms, the American Psychiatric Association: Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, Fourth Edition (DSM-IV), now provides a concise and definitive set of criteria for making the diagnosis of ADHD. As a health-care professional or educator who works with children, it is important for you to learn to recognize the symptoms, behaviors and characteristics of children suffering from Attention-Deficit / Hyperactivity Disorder, and to learn how to deal effectively with these children.