Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder – Controversial Treatments and Management for ADHD

Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, ADHD occurs is a neurobehavioral disorder that affects 3-5 percent of all American children. In a classroom of 25-30 children at least one child has ADHD. It becomes apparent in children of preschool or early school age. It interferes with a person's ability to remain on task and exhibit age-appropriate behavior.

Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, ADHD was first described by a physician named Dr. Heinrich Hoffman in 1845. Dr. Hoffman was also a poet and writer who became interested in writing for children when he could not find suitable material to read to his 3 year old that exhibited symptoms of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder. He wrote a book of poems characterizing the symptoms of children with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder called "The Story of Fidgety Philip".

It was not until 1902 that Sir George F. Still published a series of lectures concerning children with impulsivity and significant behavioral problems caused by a genetic dysfunction and not poor child upbringing. His findings were published at the Royal College of Physicians in England. Since then thousands of papers have been published about Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, ADHD. These papers include information about the characteristics of the disorder, the causes, impairments and treatments.

A child with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, ADHD faces many obstacles. In order to help children with ADHD adapt in school settings and reach their full potential they need the help of the entire educational system from teachers and counselors to administrators.

If Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, ADHD is not deal with in school age children the struggles to deal with ADHD continue into adulthood.

There are still many controversial issues that deal with the management of ADHD ranging from behavioral interventions to medication. As an educator of 23 years, I am aware of the controversial effects of medications used to treat ADHD. The decision to treat a child with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder is extremely the parents choice.

Having dealt with a large number of students as well as adults in an educational setting, I believe that each person with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, ADHD needs to be dealt with on an individual basis. No two people in this world are alike and each person needs an individual plan that will meet THEIR needs, whether it be medication or a behavioral plan.