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Attention Deficit – Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)

Many children struggle with Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder or ADHD. Symptoms include difficulty with staying focused, difficulty controlling behavior, and hyperactivity. Once believed to be a childhood only disorder, it is now apparent that symptoms continue into adolescence and adulthood. These attentional and behavioral issues put stress on the child and the family. Medications have been found to help alleviate symptoms. Therapy is also recommended. The child can learn skills to improve compliance and behavioral control. Families are helped as they learn others are dealing with similar issues and by developing appropriate behavior management strategies.

Facts about Attention Deficit – Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)

From ADDA:

  • According to epidemiological data, approximately 5% of adults have ADHD. That represents over 11,000,000 people in the US. It occurs in both men and women and, in the majority of cases, persists throughout the lifespan.
  • ADHD usually persists throughout a person’s lifetime. It is NOT limited to children.
  • ADHD occurs in both men and women.
  • Not every case of ADHD is the same. There are different subtypes of ADHD (inattentive, hyperactive, and combined type), and every person has a unique brain profile. As with anything else, no two people with ADHD are exactly the same and everyone experiences ADHD in their own way.

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Signs & Symptoms of Attention Deficit – Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)

Inattention and hyperactivity/impulsivity are the key behaviors of ADHD. Some people with ADHD only have problems with one of the behaviors, while others have both inattention and hyperactivity-impulsivity.Most children have the combined type of ADHD.

In preschool, the most common ADHD symptom is hyperactivity.

It is normal to have some inattention, unfocused motor activity and impulsivity, but for people with ADHD, these behaviors are more severe, occur more often and interfere with or reduce the quality of how they functions socially, at school, or in a job.

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