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IntroductionWe're seeing more and more of it everyday: children and young teens being diagnosed with extreme mental disorders such as schizophrenia, Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder and bipolar disorder. They start on one medication, and before you know it, they're taking five. The negative side effects make themselves known, and more medications are added to counteract those. It's a vicious cycle, but a necessary one. Right?
Traits versus Symptoms
Now let's compare these characteristics to many of the symptoms of ADHD, as seen in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM) IV (Sadre & Brock, p. 365):