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Damon L.

February 26, 2017
Mr. Russell Tiedt

A rhetorical analysis about the CDC website

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is a well-known government

organization that provides information on health-related articles that can save lives. They offer

readers information that can be helpful for the reader. The website itself has many components

that is beneficial for the readers overall curiosity about ADHD. Even though there is no known

author to this article it seems like it was written by a group of professionals that has expertise in

this field of study. The article topic is about the facts of Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder.

ADHD is considered to be a childhood disorder. It effects about 6 million children and about 2

million between the ages of 2yrs and 5yrs (VitalSigns, 2016). As they continued to do more

research on ADHD, they see that most individuals with ADHD even show symptoms in their

adulthood (Neuropsychological functioning in college students with and without ADHD, 2017)

People with ADHD (mostly children) have problems with focusing, impulsive behaviors and

mindless thinking. The CDC discusses what can be the cause of ADHD, what is the signs of

ADHD and how to get treatment for ADHD.

In the article, they did not have an actual cause of ADHD. But they did state that genetics

can lead to the cause of ADHD. Also, it states that certain risk factors can be involved when it
comes to be the main cause of ADHD. The risk factors includes: brain injury, being exposed to

environment (e.g., lead) during pregnancy or at a young age, drinking and smoking during

pregnancy, premature delivery and low birth weight (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention,

2016). The author used logos very well in this section. They understand that there is no exact

cause of the disorder. But they are telling the readers that there are reasons why a child can have

ADHD. It the child has one of these factors that child should be monitored or taken to a

specialist for treatment.

The article gives the reader a few signs and symptoms to look for when dealing with

someone with ADHD. Some of the symptoms are: they tend to daydream a lot, they can be

absentminded at times, they are talkative, they are always on the move or the can have difficulty

with getting along with other people (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 2016). What

the article is trying to convey to the reader the signs to look that are ADHD symptom like. But at

the same time, it also states that it is normal for children to lose their focus at times. Also, it can

be a possibility that children can misbehave or be forgetful at times. They just want the reader to

be mindful and take in consideration the different signs that a child with ADHD has.

The article also has other resources that can help the child with ADHD. The article

express the importance of treatment, because if it goes untreated it can cause bigger problems in

their future that can be hard to resolve. It is recognized that ADHD persists into adulthood for at

least 50% of diagnosed children, with many others having persistent, subthreshold symptoms

requiring ongoing treatment (Ramsay, 2017). The CDC used pathos very well here. The website

encourages the parents or caregivers to seek treatment for the child that has ADHD. It also states

that treatment itself is a multi-step process and there is no single test that can diagnose ADHD.

(Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 2016). Because the of well-being of the children
can be at stake. It can lead for that person who has ADHD to help problems in the future. Also, if

the parent does get treatment. It can be a multi-step process. Which can take time. So they want

the reader to take action as soon as possible if needed.

In conclusion, the website expressed the ethos, pathos and Logos very well. The website

is reader friendly, the reader can read it and understand what ADHD is about. It also has different

tabs that can lead them to different areas so they can dig deeper for more information about

ADHD. They try to persuade the parent or caregiver to make them think and take in

consideration the information that is presented on the article. The articles credibility (ethos) is

strong because its from an organization that deal with health-related topics such as: ADHD,

Cancer and other diseases. The website has an informative tone (logos) behind it because they

are sharing valuable information about the disorder so the reader should be more aware. The

authors also expressed concern (pathos) for the children who have this disorder and how it can

affect their lives. They use their research to educate the readers to make them aware of different

symptoms that can be related to the disorder. Overall, the article seems to be effective in its use

of ethos, pathos and logos to get the point across and give the reader a better understanding of

what ADHD is. Also, tells the reader how to cope with a child that has ADHD. The website is a

balance resource that the reader can go to find information on the disorder.

ADHD in Young Children. (2016, May 03). Retrieved February 26, 2017, from


Facts About ADHD. (2016, November 16). Retrieved February 17, 2017, from

Ramsay, J. R. (2017). The relevance of cognitive distortions in the psychosocial treatment of

adult ADHD. Professional Psychology: Research And Practice, 48(1), 62-69.


Weyandt, L. L., Oster, D. R., Gudmundsdottir, B. G., DuPaul, G. J., & Anastopoulos, A. D.

(2017). Neuropsychological functioning in college students with and without ADHD.

Neuropsychology, 31(2), 160-172. doi:10.1037/neu0000326