According to Barkley (2005), attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is one of the most common reasons children are referred to mental health workers in the United States and is now one of the most prevalent psychiatric disorders associated with childhood. The diagnostic criteria and labels for ADHD have changed over the last several decades, and with each change the prevalence rate for ADHD has increased (Wolraich & Baumgaertel, 1997). This increase in the prevalence of ADHD has led to a need for clinicians from different disciplines to assess and treat ADHD. As such, several guidelines from professional associations have been published in effort to create some consistency in the assessment and treatment of ADHD. Nevertheless research indicates that there is still substantial variability in diagnosis and treatment strategies within disciplines as these guidelines have proven difficult to implement. This variability suggests that there are likely differences in how the different disciplines, i.e., medicine and psychology, approach diagnosing and treating ADHD. However, no research exists at this time which has looked at this issue. The purpose of this paper therefore is to investigate the history of how ADHD has been conceptualized over the years, as well as the various treatment options.
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Attention Deficit Disorder with Hyperactivity -- diagnosis; Attention Deficit Disorder with Hyperactivity -- therapy; Child; Behavior Therapy; Family Therapy; Central Nervous System Stimulants -- adverse effects; Evidence-Based Medicine; Evaluation Studies
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Lliteras, Lisa Marie, "Diagnosing and Treating ADHD: Discipline Differences" (2010). Loma Linda University Electronic Theses, Dissertations & Projects. 1582.
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