Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder: Diseases and People Seriesby Julie Williams
Today, ADHD, or Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder, affects over two-million school-aged children in the United States and an unknown number of adults. While its symptoms of inattention, hyperactivity, and impulsive behavior have often been disregarded in the past, doctors, school systems, and the general public are now actively researching and administering treatments. Therapies for this disorder, whose complex causes seem to be both biological and environmental, rely on a combination of psychological, social, educational, occupational, and medical factors.
In Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder, author Julie Williams traces this disease from the ancient Greek doctors' theory of the body's four humors, through a slew of modern classifications such as "restlessness syndrome" and "Hyperkinetic Reaction of Childhood," to the present. Attention to controversial issues, such as diagnosing and medicating ADHD, sheds light on this often misunderstood disorder that affects both sexes, and adults as well as children.
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