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A boy suffering from poor grades at school was eventually diagnosed with ADHD. The disorder is associated with poor attention skills and inability to work at school. ADD is similar but there is no hyperactivity or impulsivity. The negative responses at school when a child is undiagnosed can lead to self esteem problems and stress. Untreated, the condition can also lead to destructive behaviours such as substance abuse and sexual activity. Medication readily treats the disorder in 90% of patients but there is a common belief that the condition is overdiagnosed and over medicated. Some students misuse the drug to help them study better.
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About: Correct diagnosis of ADD and ADHD can lead to fulfillment of potential
Date: 8 November 2004
Source: Silver Chips
Author: Emily May
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