Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder or ADHD has become one of the most widely diagnosed disorders particularly in children over the last decade. Typically diagnosed during the adolescent years, the signs and symptoms remain prominent throughout adolescence and often carry on through the adult years.
Unlike those with ADHD, those diagnosed with ADD or Attention Deficit Disorder often have less severe or no hyperactive symptoms and instead have symptoms that are prominent in lack of concentration or focus. Many times these two disorders share similar traits and also share in the treatments.
Most recently the medical community has divided ADHD into three different categories, each with their own unique set of symptoms. By doing so it is thought that valiant efforts can now be made to better address and treat those diagnosed with it. Across the board however, some prominent symptoms are often present regardless of which category one is diagnosed in and those symptoms are a lack of ability to concentrate or remain focused, difficulty in controlling one’s actions and behavior and acute hyperactivity and inability to pay attention to tasks as hand.
ADHD Levels and Symptoms
Level One: Those diagnosed with level one ADHD often exhibit the most severe symptoms which includes acute hyperactivity, definitive impulse control, and lack of concentration and focus. To be diagnosed as level one, the patient must exhibit at least six of the symptoms that all last for a period of time.
Level Two: Those diagnosed as level two will have fewer than the six predominant symptoms and also have high levels and instances of inattention as well as exhibit difficulty in impulse control and have trouble concentrating and focusing, but usually the symptoms are present to a lesser degree than in level one patients.
Level Three: Those who fall into the level three category may have mixed symptoms, however most of them will be defined in the inattentive realms, so lack of focus and concentration will be prominent though they can also have some of the hyperactivity and impulse traits as well but usually to a lesser degree.
Although the subtypes have been created and defined as a way to specify different treatment options and models, it is still widely found that a large number of children will often have a combination of symptoms and still register across all three sub categories, making diagnosis and treatment more challenging.