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ADHD Informative Speech

***** Speech on Attenti***** 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 of ADHD.

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

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Bouncing off the walls!

***** with a child h*****s said this phrase, as ***** child runs around, refusing to 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 ADHD, every ***** is like that. It's like the difference between having the blues and major depression. Everyone feels sad, but not *****one is incapacitated by depression. Everyone h***** a day or two when ***** just ***** get it ***************. But that doesn't mean they have ADHD.

So what is ADHD? According 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, distractibility, poor concentration, or impulsivity beg***** ***** affect the *****'s perf*****mance in school, social relationships with other children, and behavior at home ("Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder." NIMH, 2006).

Children who are *****attentive ***** 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 *****, talking, and squirming in ***** seat. Sitt*****g still is nearly impossible. Impulsive children have trouble thinking before they act and appreciating the consequences ***** *****ir actions, making it hard for them to wait ***** things ***** want or ***** take their turn in games.

ADHD ********** approximately 3 percent to 5 percent of all children. According ***** the most recent version of ***** Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of ***** ********** (DSM-IV-TR), there are three patterns of ***** that indicate ADHD. There is the predominantly hyperactive-impulsive type, the child ***** ***** bouncing ********** the w*****s and can't sit still, 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 ***** her directions, and the combined type who displays both inattentive ***** ***** and impulsive symptoms. The diagnostic guidelines also contain specific requirements for determining ***** a child's ***** indicate *****. The ***** behaviors must appear early in life, before age seven, ***** continue for at least six mont*****. ***** behaviors must cre*****e a re*****l handicap in at least two areas of the sufferer's life such as in school at home, or *****ly—***** at work ("Attention ***** Hyperactivity Disorder." NIMH, *****).

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


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