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ADHD Informative Speech

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

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

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Bouncing off the walls!

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

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

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

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

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


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