Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, better known as ADHD is no more a rare medical condition, it has become rather rampant and can be seen in both children and adults alike. In either condition it is quite difficult to handle the affected, but recent researches have shown that it is something that is easily found among small children and adolescents. Statistics show that about 3 – 5 % children of the entire population of a place exhibit symptom of ADHD, the same thing can be seen in about 4.1% among adults.
The roots of this medical disorder date back to more than 200 years, although it is only now that ADHD has been recognized as a bonafide mental health disorder. It was way back in 1798 that Dr. Alexander Crichton described this as a state of mental restlessness. In the early 1960s, it came to be referred to as a kind of Minimal Brain Dysfunction. Later again it was known as ADD or Attention Deficit Disorder.
Slowly with time, the focus of analysis of this medical condition shifted from the mere inattentiveness to the hyperactivity aspect. So, by the end of 1987, it came to be known as ADHD and was further classified into four categories. There are several available doctors who treat this disorder, but Jonathan Lauter is rather popular for his competence in handling children with this syndrome.
He is a psychiatrist with specialization in clinical neurodevelopment, along with a board certification of child and adolescent psychiatry. His fame lies in his compassionate and understanding method of treatment these children. His judicious use of medicine as opposed to many other doctors, who solely depend on medicines for recovery, is another criterion for his recognition.
The four different categories of ADHD are:
Though all psychiatrists or qualified mental health professional are qualified to diagnose this mental disorder, yet not all of them are qualified to prescribe, medications for the same. Only physicians who have the recognition of an M.D. or D.O. such as Jonathan Lauter, physician assistants who are under the supervision of a physician, and nurse practitioners are eligible to prescribe medicines for ADHD. But it is for a fact that the psychiatrists are the best in this treatment because of their training and years of experience.
An accurate diagnosis of this is very important because the effects of its treatment can be felt in the emotional, social as well as familial aspect. Hence there are certain requirements that need to be made in order to be able to qualify to diagnose this mental condition. Some sort of ongoing training along with the minimum degree of a graduate or post-graduate, license and experience; are all important factors that helps one to accurately diagnose ADHD and provide the right treatment to bring about other positive changes in one’s life.