Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder among children with chronic diseases

Itai Berger

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There is a correlation between children's health condition, the existence of chronic disease and the cognitive and academic performance. It was observed for many years that different chronic health conditions predispose children to different kinds of neuro-cognitive impairments, including - lower cognitive level, learning disabilities, behavioral difficulties and ADHD. But, the characteristics of impaired performance or ability secondary to poor health are commonly not understood. In order to prevent, correctly diagnose and improve neuro-cognitive performance among children with chronic illness, there is a need to clarify and quantify the relationship between a variety of chronic health conditions and children's cognitive performance and ability. This chapter summarizes what is known through published research about the association of cognitive performance, especially attention abilities with chronic health conditions such as diabetes mellitus, seizure disorders, asthma, chronic kidney disease, and other chronic conditions. Better understanding of those important factors and relations will hopefully result in information that will help us understand how to reduce the impact of chronic disease on cognitive function, school performance, and quality of life in children and adolescents.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationADHD - A Transparent Impairment, Clinical, Daily-Life and Research Aspects in Diverse Populations
PublisherNova Science Publishers, Inc.
Number of pages21
ISBN (Electronic)9781633210608
ISBN (Print)9781633210479
StatePublished - 1 Jul 2014
Externally publishedYes


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