ADHD: THE LIFESPAN AND EFFECTS 4 Abstract The purpose of this paper is to help educate individuals on the choices that aid in the treatment plans, for Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, that are available and the long term impacts in which treatment could have on their physical body, social life, emotional well being. This paper explores the cause, symptoms, and treatments available for individuals with ADHD. Current treatment options include medication, essential oils, and multiple therapies that include, fantasy play, cognitive, behavior, etc. This paper, also, identifies the impact of the different symptoms on a gender basis and across the life-span including infancy, early childhood, adolescence, adults, and the elderly. Academic and social supports that are available throughout an individual's time at school (primary through college) are also discussed. This paper also explores the impact on an individual with ADHD’s educational and professional experiences in order to look at the disorder as a whole in part and not just it’s components. Keywords: Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, medications, long term effects, brain disorder.

Year Manuscript Completed

Spring 2018

Senior Project Advisor

MeLissa Cooper

Degree Awarded

Bachelor of Integrated Studies Degree

Field of Study

Human Services

Document Type