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The Treatment Of Psychiatric Disorders, 3rd Edition by Beverly J. Sutton, George U. Balis, William H. Reid

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CHAPTER 32

 

ATTENTION-DEFICIT AND DISRUPTIVE BEHAVIOR DISORDERS

 

 

 

314.00, 314.01, 314.9 ATTENTION-DEFICIT/HYPERACTIVITY DISORDER

The hyperactivity and short attention span behavior of children with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is readily apparent in a busy classroom but may not be obvious in the physician's office. In low-demand settings, ADHD children may look like normal children. However, they have difficulty modulating their level of arousal and are usually over- or underaroused. Often, physicians do not agree on how to treat ADHD because the children are “presorted.” Children with ADHD, seizures, and mental retardation go to a neurologist; those with ADHD, learning disorders, and other behavior problems go to a child ...

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