Date of Award

Spring 5-2005

Document Type


Degree Name

Honors College Theses



Second Advisor

Dr. Joyce W. O'Rourke

Third Advisor

Dr. Beverly Wade


The purpose of the independent study of pediatric Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder is to aid in the treatment of young individuals suffering from these disturbing behavioral disorders. Although AD/HD in the past was not credited as a true behavioral disorder, researchers have continued to learn more about this illness and how it is affecting our adolescents. Studies have also shown that adults diagnosed with AD/HD most likely suffered from similar symptoms as a child. AD/HD is not learning disability and with dedication from the patient and those involved in his life, he can lead an extremely successful academic as well as social life. Research in AD/HD is continuous progression and there are numerous solutions in helping youth that are enduring this psychological disease. Prescription medications have made vast improvements through the years and are beneficial to many suffering from AD/HD. There are also other solutions that provide relief to AD/HD patients such as exercising which has been shown to actually decrease AD/HD symptoms and the use of medication. Though much has been accomplished with AD/HD, there is still much research to be completed. Communication is a primary factor that has direct correlation with the achievements of AD/HD patients.