Hyperactive is a well researched well organized and well written history of the development of the highly variable perception understanding and treatment of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder smith provides a logically strong argument for considering adhd as a highly complex disorder arising from a number of contributing variables. Many such surprises await readers of matthew smiths hyperactive the controversial history of adhd a book that makes important contributions both to contemporary debates about adhd and to the wider 20 th century history of creeping medicalization drawing upon a wide range of medical educational historical and popular literature relating . The terminology used to describe the symptoms of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder or adhd has gone through many changes over history including minimal brain damage minimal brain dysfunction learning behavioral disabilities and hyperactivity. Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder or adhd is one of the most common developmental disorders with an average of 9 per cent of us children between the ages of five and seventeen diagnosed . In october 2012 the new york times reported that diagnoses of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder adhd with accompanying prescriptions for stimulant medication were being used as performance enhancement for disadvantaged kids in poor socioeconomic circumstances alan schwarz attention disorder or not pills to help in school october 9 2012
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