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Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder: Latest Medical Breakthroughs

Monday, 27 Sep 2010 01:40 PM

Unlike many other disorders and diseases, the symptoms of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder are neither clear cut nor can they be detected easily through specific tests like X-rays or blood tests. Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, or ADHD, is one of the most misunderstood conditions.

Symptoms of attention deficit disorder include lethargy and sluggishness. The biggest medical breakthrough in defining ADHD is clearing the misconceptions about adult ADHD being a disorder. Usually, most adults who develop this condition have a tough time at work and face a lot of problems in their professional lives. This impedes their career because their peers and bosses think they are not doing their job. The truth is, those affected by attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) cannot focus to do their work well. This inability to concentrate and get work done is beyond their control. Many intelligent adults suffer from adult attention deficit hyperactivity disorder.

In children, research shows that the hyperactivity disorder is probably a direct consequence of watching too much television or playing video games excessively. However, additional research also suggests that though these activities are known to worsen the condition, they cannot be considered primary factors responsible for the development of adult attention deficit hyperactivity disorder.

Another interesting medical breakthrough clears one of the biggest myths about hyperactivity disorder. Until recently, many doctors and psychologists thought that psycho stimulants were the most effective agents for the diagnosis of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. The truth, however, is that those exhibiting symptoms of attention deficit disorder and those without the disorder tend to respond to the agents in a similar manner. So, treatments for the disorder cannot solely be based on medical drug trials and new chemical agents. Medicines are effective because patients affected by attention deficit hyperactivity disorder do not get addicted if a suitable and correct medicine is prescribed. If the dosage is adjusted correctly, the drugs can improve the patient’s focus and help control their behavior. Psycho stimulants can be administered to teenagers and adults suffering from attention deficit hyperactivity disorder.

A few gender studies were conducted recently to understand whether the disorder was more prevalent in one of the sexes. One of the attention deficit hyperactivity disorder myths includes girls being less prone to ADHD. However, it was found that girls simply managed to handle their symptoms better than boys. Perhaps this is why girls with ADHD are not diagnosed as easily as boys of the same age.

People often think that attention deficit hyperactivity disorder is due to drug addiction and abuse. Research has proven that attention deficit disorder leads to anxiety and depression, which in turn, may cause people to start using stimulant medications.

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