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NCJ Number: 123388 Find in a Library
Title: Recognizing and Treating Attention Deficit Disorders in Chemically Dependent Adolescents
Journal: Journal of Adolescent Chemical Dependency  Volume:1  Issue:1  Dated:(1990)  Pages:5-30
Author(s): D H Looff
Date Published: 1990
Page Count: 26
Type: Training (Aid/Material)
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: After explaining the features of attention deficit disorder (ADD) with and without hyperactivity, this article considers the prevalence of ADD in a chemically-dependent population, diagnostic and treatment issues, and parents' questions and concerns.
Abstract: Lifelong distractibility that produces a poor attention span is symptomatic of someone having an ADD without hyperactivity. ADD with hyperactivity involves difficulty in being attentive to tasks and conversations, accompanied by gross motor activity. Although no formal prevalence studies have been conducted in the United States to determine the frequency of ADD among chemically-dependent populations, one drug treatment program found 37 boys with ADD among 280 boys and girls under treatment. Early ADD diagnosis and early intervention (counseling, enhancing parents' child management skills, maintenance medication for many, and remedial education for some) are important to spare the child years of academic underachievement and social misery, which tend to increase the child's risk for chemical dependency problems later in life. Properly diagnosed and treated in conjunction with a drug treatment program, juveniles diagnosed as having ADD from childhood can be given new hope in multimodal treatment. 11 references.
Main Term(s): Juvenile drug treatment; Mental disorders
Index Term(s): Acting out behavior; Diagnostic and reception processing
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