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ADHD Informative Speech

***** Speech on Attenti***** Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)

***** of the Speech: To inform ***** audience about what ADHD is (and is not), its symptoms, the different forms of ADHD, how it is diagnosed, and the treatment of ADHD.

Thes*****: ***** is a serious condition, but it doesn't mean that it has to ruin person's life.

***** Follows:

Bouncing off the walls!

***** with a child has said this phrase, as the child runs around, refusing ***** pay attention or listen. And everyone ***** had a day or two when they just can't focus. But for someone with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity *****, otherwise known ***** ADHD, every ***** is like that. It's like the difference between having the blues and major depression. Everyone feels sad, but ***** *****one ***** incapacitated by depression. ***** has a day or ***** when they just can't get it to*****her. ***** that doesn't mean they have ADHD.

So what is ADHD? According to the National Institute of Mental Health, ***** symptoms of ADHD are chronic in*****, hyperactivity, and impulsivity. While all children s***** these traits to some degree, at ***** times, when a child suffers from ADHD, hyperactivity, d*****tractibility, poor concentration, or impulsivity beg***** to affect the child's perf*****mance in school, social relationships with other children, ***** behavior at home ("Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder." NIMH, 2006).

Children who are ********** ***** a hard time keeping their minds on any ********** task and may get bored after only a few minutes. Hyper*****ctive children are easy to spot in a cl*****ssroom. They are always running *****, talking, and squirming in their seat. Sitting still is nearly impossible. Impulsive ***** have trouble thinking before they act and appreciating the consequences ***** *****ir actions, making it hard for them to wait ***** things they want or to take their turn in games.

ADHD affects approximately 3 percent to 5 percent of all children. ***** ***** the most recent version of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of ***** ********** (DSM-IV-TR), there are three patterns ***** behavi***** that indicate ADHD. There is the predominantly hyperactive-impulsive type, the child who ***** bouncing off the w*****s and can't sit still, but is not really inattentive, the ***** inattentive *****, or ***** dreamy ***** who might not be hyperactive, but says "huh" almost every ***** a teacher tries to give him ***** her directions, and the combined type who displays both ***** and hyperactive and impulsive symptoms. The diagnostic guidelines also contain specific requirements for determining ***** a ***** ***** indicate ADHD. The child's behaviors must appear early in life, before age seven, ***** continue for at least six months. ***** ***** must create a re*****l handicap in at least two areas of the sufferer's life such as in school at *****, or *****ly—or at work ("Attention ***** Hyperactivity Disorder." NIMH, 2006).

***** work, you say? What seven-year-old goes to work? Well, ADHD isn't ***** someth*****g people outgrow. Several recent studies ***** between *****0 percent and 70 percent ***** children *****


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