"I Have Always Felt Different": The Experience of Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder in Childhood

Mona M. Shattell, Robin Bartlett, Tracie Rowe

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Abstract

Childhood attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is one of the most important psychiatric problems of our time. This study examined the experience of childhood ADHD within the contexts that are most significant to this age group--home, school, and friendships. The sample included 16 college-enrolled young adults (ages 18-25) with a self-reported history of ADHD. Participants revealed feelings of difference, misunderstanding, and struggle in all areas of their lives (home, school, and friendships). Nurses can use these findings to improve the care and long-term outcomes of children diagnosed with ADHD.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)49-57
Number of pages9
JournalJournal of pediatric nursing
Volume23
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Feb 1 2008
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pediatrics

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