Understanding ADHD

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What is ADHD?

ADHD or Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder is a behavioral condition characterized by persistent problems with attention, impulsivity, and overactivity. It can affect everyday life, abilities to focus and learn, and social interactions. Even with over 10% of US children diagnosed with ADHD, many still remain undiagnosed.

ADHD Impacts Quality of Life

    Children at Home & School:

  • Emotional and behavioral difficulties in everyday functioning
  • Non-compliance with daily routine
  • Social impairment
  • Poor classroom behavior and academic achievement
  • Increased risk of substance abuse and injury

    Family:

  • Increased stress level, blame, frustration, and depression
  • Increased parental discord
  • Disruption in family life and activities

3 ADHD Sub-Types

Some children with ADHD only have problems with attention; other children only have issues with hyperactivity and impulsivity; most children with ADHD have problems with all three.

As they grow into adolescence and young adulthood, children with ADHD may become less hyperactive yet continue to have significant problems with distraction, restlessness, disorganization, and poor impulse control.

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