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ADHD: Maladaptive Disorder or Evolutionary Adaptation

By Jeremiah Hopes


Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder influences disruptive behavior, school suspensions, and at times, even criminal behavior. Despite its maladaptive nature, evolutionary psychology introduces the possibility that ADHD once served a purpose to humanity. This presentation will examine research that presents the symptoms of ADHD as adaptive rather than maladaptive, analyze the implications of viewing inattention, impulsivity, and hyperactivity as strengths, and discuss how parents, teachers, helping professionals, school administrators, and physicians can use this information to assist children impacted by ADHD

Topics: ADHD, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, Maladaptive, Adaptive, Education, Psychology, Social and Behavioral Sciences
Publisher: Digital Commons@Georgia Southern
Year: 2015
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