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Thursday, June 20, 2013

Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)

Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) is a disorder marked by inability to focus attention, or overactive and impulsive behavior, or both. Children who display attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) have great difficulty attending to tasks, or behave overactively and impulsively, or both  The disorder often appears before the child starts school (Comer, 2010, p. 532).

According to Skuse, Bruce, Dowdney, and Mrazek. D. (2011), attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is associated with problematic impulse control. All of these types of disorders and behaviour problems are associated with problems making and maintaining relationships, as are other conditions such as autism spectrum disorders and psychoses. There is significant continuity in social emotional development from middle childhood to adolescence. Those who are well adjusted in middle childhood tend to become well adjusted adolescents, while problems tend to persist into the teenage years in children who showed social and emotional difficulties in primary school.


Comer, R. J. (2010). Abnormal psychology (8th ed.). New York, NY: Worth Publishers.

Skuse, D., Bruce, H., Dowdney, L., & Mrazek. D. (2011). Child psychology and psychiatry: Frameworks for practice (2nd ed.). Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley & Sons.

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