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How has our understanding of ADHD changed over the years?

Donna Hill Howes, RN
Family Medicine
Our understanding of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) has grown dramatically in the last century. The National Resource Center on ADHD reports that, in 1902, doctors started investigating symptoms of hyperactivity, inattention, and impulsivity in children. This may have been the beginning of the clinical study of ADHD. Since that time, ADHD has been given several names, including:

- minimal brain dysfunction
- hyperkinetic reaction of childhood
- attention-deficit disorder with or without hyperactivity

As of 2010, the mental health and medical fields agree that ADHD is a true disorder, which can be treated. ADHD is characterized by symptoms of hyperactivity, inattention, and impulsivity. While many people show signs of the disorder from time to time, not all people with these symptoms are diagnosed with ADHD. To meet the diagnostic criteria for ADHD, people must first experience these symptoms before age 7 and be severely and negatively affected by the disorder.

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