What is an example of a case study of a child with attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD)?

Updated: Oct 01, 2019
  • Author: Stephen Soreff, MD; Chief Editor: Glen L Xiong, MD  more...
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The parents of a 7-year-old boy take him to the family practitioner because they have become increasingly concerned about his behavior not only in school but also a home. In the first grade, he has been bored, disruptive, fighting with classmates, and rude to his teacher. At home he cannot sit still and meals have been very unpleasant. The lad himself wonders why he is there. The parents have 2 older daughters who say their brother is a “pain” and spoiled. There were no pregnancy or birth problems and the child is on no medications. He has had all his scheduled shots.

The doctor decides more information is required before any treatment is indicated. She wants careful observations of the child both at home and in school. She wishes to talk with his teacher and suggests psychological testing. She also wants some time to see the patient alone. Careful investigation and thorough observations must be done before any intervention. Both the physician and the parents are concerned about overuse of medications and the value for behavioral interventions.


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