Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is one of the most common neurobehavioral disorders in the United States with a prevalence of close to 10% of children being diagnosed with the disorder. The most common treatment therapy is a drug course of stimulant medication. These medications, however, are associated with many side effects. Additionally, there is also a high rate of diagnosed children who do not receive any treatment for their symptoms. This study sought to investigate an alternative treatment therapy for ADHD through use of frequency specific microcurrent (FSM). Spontaneously hypertensive rats (SHR) and their normotensive, control counterparts Wistar Kyoto (WKY) were treated with FSM. Effects of the treatment were assessed by use of the open field and the 5 choice serial reaction time test (5CSRTT). No effect of FSM was found on either the SHR or WKY. There were strain differences, though, which were evident in open field testing in the final training level of the 5CSRTT.


Stavnezer, Amy Jo



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Bachelor of Arts

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Senior Independent Study Thesis



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