H. A. D. D. Attention. Hyper-Active. Disorder. Deficit. History. It Was first discovered by a British Doctor and was called “Defect of Moral Control”. 1902. Symptoms now associated with ADHD were documented and given a diagnosis of "Post-Encephalitic Behavior Disorder”. 1922.
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By the 1960’s Stimulant medication became more widely used. The main symptom would have been hyperactivity and this is the only symptom that was usually treated. The name "Minimal Brain Dysfunction" was used in the early 1960s and was changed in the late 60s to "Hyperactivity Disorder of Childhood."
The name was changed to ADD, and at the time ADHD and ADD were separate Diagnosis
The APA renamed the disorder Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder and noted it was a medical diagnosis that could cause behavioral problems. They noted these behavioral problems to be different than those caused by emotional turmoil, such as divorce or moving to a new area
The second medication, Adderall was approved by the FDA for treatment of ADHD.
Several additional medications, such as Concerta, Focalin and Strattera have been approved for the treatment of ADHD.
~Although the exact cause of ADHD is unknown, but is constantly being studied some researchers believe it is due to many factors
Some of the unknown causes such as food/ dieting, poor parenting, playing videogames and watching television and hormones.
Individuals with ADHD may develop a variety of secondary problems as they move through life.
ADHD has affected people of all ages, from early childhood, to adolescents as well as adults. Many tests and experiments are done today to find ways to help them, but nothing has been found to be completely treatable.