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ADHD Informative Speech

Informative 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 *****, how it is diagnosed, and the treatment of ADHD.

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

***** Follows:

Bouncing off the walls!

Anyone with a child h*****s said this phrase, as the 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 Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, otherwise known as *****, every day is like that. It's like the difference between having the blues ***** major depression. Everyone feels sad, but ***** ***** is incapacitated by depression. ***** has a d*****y or two when ***** just can't get it together. But ***** doesn't mean they have ADHD.

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

Children who ***** inattentive ***** a h*****rd time keeping their minds on any ********** 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, and squirming in ***** seat. Sitting still is nearly impossible. Impulsive ***** have trouble thinking before they act and appreciating the consequences ***** their 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. According ***** the most recent version of ***** Diagnostic and Statistical Manual ***** Mental *****s (DSM-IV-TR), there are three patterns of behavior that indicate ADHD. There is the predominantly hyperactive-impulsive type, the child ***** is bouncing off the w*****s and can't sit *****, but ***** not really *****, the predominantly inattentive type, or ***** dreamy child who might not be hyperactive, but says "huh" almost every time a teacher tries to give him ***** her directions, and the combined type who displays both ***** ***** hyperactive and impulsive symp*****ms. The diagnostic guidelines also contain specific requirements for determining when a child's symptoms indicate *****. The ***** behaviors must appear early in life, before age seven, ***** continue for at least six mont*****. ***** ***** must create a re*****l handicap in at least two areas of the sufferer's life such as in school ***** *****, or socially—or at work ("Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder." NIMH, *****).

***** work, you say? What seven-year-old goes to work? Well, ADHD isn't always someth*****g people outgrow. Several recent studies ***** between 30 ***** and 70 percent of children *****


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