Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)

Last year I was asked by the head track coach at North Medford to join the coaching staff. He wanted me to help the throwing coach who was diagnosed with Lou Gehrigs disease (ALS). I jumped at the offer and was surprised when one of the coaches told me that one of the best javelin throwers was one of his students. That surprised me because that coach teaches students that have special needs. He went on to tell me that the student has severe ADHD. Hearing that, I was a little uneasy on how the season would go. To my surprise he was one of my hardest working athletes, and was my top boys javelin thrower. During the year I had some difficulties at times keeping the athlete on task and quiet at many times. For the reason of wanting to help this athlete to the best of my ability, I find it necessary for myself to be more knowledgeable on the topic of ADHD.

5 Things I learned about Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)

  1. In the United States, approximately 9% of the school-age population is diagnosed with ADHD. Within that group, twice as many boys are diagnosed with ADHD as girls.
  2. ADD was renamed to ADHD in 1994.
  3. ADHD emerges before the age of 7 and is linked to brain structure and chemical reactions within the brain. ADHD occurs in the cortex of the brain and more specifically the frontal lobe.
  4. ADHD is not a personallity disorder but it commonly occurs with them.
  5. There are typically three approaches of treating ADHD. They include behavioral management strategies, medication, and classroom accomodations.

If I was to choose resource on ADHD this would be the best one. This resource was found on YouTube and is a lecture given by Dr. Russell Barkely. He has a profound amount of knowledge and he discusses in the lecture the advancements in adhd, its nature, causes and treatments. It is long but very informative and I would rate it a 5.
Score 5 out of 5

The second resource that I found is another YouTube video. This video is geared to overcoming ADHD classroom challenges. I would give this one a 4 because it gave me some insight on how to deal with kids who have ADHD in the classroom.
Score: 4 out of 5

The next resource covers ADHD and the brain. Dr. Gerald Chodak describes what goes on in the brain of people who have ADHD. I would give this one a score of 3 because it only focuses on the brain and not how to deal with it. It is short and does not go into that much depth.
Score: 3.5 out of 5

The fourth resource that I found is This resource gives you an understanding of ADHD in children and adults. It gives you multiple resources, support channels, access to conferences, and the ability to become a member. On this website you can find a large amount of information and where to get help.
Score: 4 out of 5

Children and Adults with Attention Deficit/ Hyperactivity Disorder

The fifth resource that I found is This part of the website that I found is geared to just ADHD. gives everything that someone would want to know about ADHD. It gives details of the symptoms, causes, brain changes, medical studies, etc. The site is very comprehensive and may take some time to find what one particular area that could interest someone.
Score: 5 out of 5

The next resource that I found is not an informative video but shows an example of how coaching kids with ADHD can help. It covers the work that Ken Zaretzky, a ADHD coach, has done with a student and the impact that it has had on her life.
Score: 3 out of 5

Another web site that I found to be a good resource is Like the other web site that I found, it gives a large amount of information about ADHD, its treatments, symptoms, etc. What this site gives you is access to many other resources that may also be helpful.
Score: 4 out of 5
ADDITUDE The Magazine

The last resource that I found is from YouTube. This video covers the treatments of ADHD and what the treatments do. This is a good video for a quick snapshot of treating ADHD.
Score: 3.5 out of 5

Here is a something for you enjoyment. It is comedian Jeff Allen talking about ADHD and what he thinks about it.