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ADHD Informative Speech

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

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

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

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***** off the walls!

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

So what is ADHD? Acc*****ding to the National Institute of Mental Health, the ***** of ADHD are chronic inattention, 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 begin to affect the *****'s perf*****mance in school, social relationships with other *****, ***** behavior at home ("Attention Deficit ***** Disorder." NIMH, 2006).

Children who ***** ********** have a h*****rd time keeping their minds on any one task and may get bored after only a few minutes. Hyperactive children are easy to spot in a cl*****ssroom. They are always running around, talking, ***** squirming in ***** 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 ***** take their turn in games.

ADHD affects approximately 3 percent to 5 percent of all children. According ***** the most recent version of ***** Diagnostic ***** Statistical Manual of Mental ********** (DSM-IV-TR), there are three patterns of behavior ***** indicate ADHD. There is the predominantly hyperactive-impulsive type, the child ***** ***** bouncing off the w*****s and can't sit still, but is not really inattentive, the predominantly inattentive *****, or the dreamy child who might not be hyperactive, but says "huh" almost every time a teacher tries to give him or her directions, and the combined type who displays both inattentive and ***** and impulsive symp*****ms. The diagnostic guidelines also contain specific requirements for determining ***** a child's symptoms indicate ADHD. The ***** behaviors must appear early in life, before age seven, ***** continue for at least six months. ***** behaviors must create a real handicap in at least two areas of the sufferer's life such as in school ***** *****, or socially—***** 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 ***** studies indicate between 30 ***** and 70 percent ***** children with


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