Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)

Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is one of the behavioral disorders influencing individuals and their activity. It is one of the most common neurodevelopmental issues in childhood, implying troubles with paying attention, controlling, and spontaneous behaviors. However, ADHD can also be observed in adults causing difficulty at work, at home, or in close relations (Katzman et al., 2017). The symptoms might vary and alter at different periods of a person’s life. They can include hyperactivity or, in contrast, extreme restlessness replaced by other moods. Such changes significantly influence the life of an adult and might lead to the emergence of numerous problems.

My personal interest is explained by the fact that ADHD is often misdiagnosed or even unnoticed. Statistics show that some adults suffer from the syndrome; however, specialists have never examined them to determine the primary cause for their behavior changes or diagnosed with ADHD (Katzman et al., 2017). It introduces much space for investigation and cogitations about how ADHD influences individuals in their adulthood and how it can be managed to improve the quality of people’s life.

From the criminal justice standpoint, ADHD can be viewed as a significant factor influencing people’s behaviors and making them commit crimes. Recent research shows that individuals with the syndrome face a higher risk of being arrested compared to others (CHADD, 2017). Additionally, offenders with ADHD are more violent and more subjected to substance abuse (CHADD, 2017). It means that the disorder is directly linked to the sphere of criminal justice. The improved understanding of how ADHD impacts adults and their behaviors might help to evaluate their actions and causes for committing crimes. That is why the choice of this issue for the investigation is relevant and can help to fill in the existing gaps in knowledge.


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Katzman, M. A., Bilkey, T. S., Chokka, P. R., Fallu, A., & Klassen, L. J. (2017). Adult ADHD and comorbid disorders: clinical implications of a dimensional approach. BMC Psychiatry, 17(1), 302. Web.

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