In addition to this physicians, psychiatrists and clinicians are often unfamiliar with the subtleties of adult presentations of a classically childhood disorder.
It is difficult to describe the characteristics of children with Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) as the attributes are not unusual, but many of the symptoms are present in all children and adults to some degree at some particular time. What characterizes ADHD in children is the intensity, the persistence, and the patterning of these symptoms. If we talk about the disorders the most prevalent are the learning disorders, associated with the areas of reading, spelling, or math. Studies have shown that somewhere between 20 to 30 percent of ADHD children have learning disorders.
Among the psychological disorders are those classified as Oppositional Defiant Disorder (ODD) and Conduct Disorder (CD). Studies performed in clinics (where children are often referred by schools and social agencies) indicate that about 35 percent of ADHD children have ODD, and more than 25 percent have CD. Clinics are more likely to see severe cases of ADHD, however. One characteristic of the ADHD child that is always present is easy distractibility or shortness of attention span. ...Show more