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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.

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

***** Follows:

***** off the walls!

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

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

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

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

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


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