Understanding ADHD

              





Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder also known as ADHD is medically and legally recognized as a treatable yet potentially serious disorder.

  What is ADHD

ADHD is often described as a neurobehavioral condition that interferes with a person’s ability to pay attention and exercise age-appropriate inhibition. Patients often have inattentive, impulsive or hyperactive tendencies that daily functioning at home, school and work is compromise.  

ADHD is often difficult to diagnose during the early stages of a newborn life and into toddlerhood but usually becomes apparent in children during preschool and early school years.  

ADHD affects approximately 3 to 9 percent of children and is mostly common in boys than girls.  The disorder often continues into adulthood 30% to 70% of the time and may lead to memory deficits, delinquency, substance abuse and/or problematic personality disorder and it is one of the highest risk facts for other mental illnesses.

ADHD working memory

ADHD has three different forms which are inattention, hyperactivity, and impulsivity. 

 

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Read the overview for facts about ADHD and coping strategies for managing your child's symptoms.