Date of Award


Degree Name



College of Health Professions

Type of Degree


Document Type


First Advisor

Dr. Kenneth Ambrose

Second Advisor

Dr. Richard Garnett

Third Advisor

Dr. William Westbrook


This study focuses on Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) the history of the disease, sufferers, individual accounts from sufferers, and both positive outcomes and negative repercussions of its treatment. Extensive secondary research and the collection of a personal account form the body of the work. The information focuses attention on key points regarding the historical background of ADHD, including: the discovery of the disease, change in categories of drugs used to control it, and the rate of evolution in thoughts on and treatment of the disease. Also researched are the various guidelines as well as ignored factors in the diagnosing of ADHD, in addition to information dealing with alternative therapies. A significant portion of this thesis involves discussing ADHD as it relates to the family, and society. Causal factors such as divorce and the effect parents, educators, and the media have on treatment strategies are addressed.


Attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder -- Treatment.

Ritalin -- Usage.

Attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder.