Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder

Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) is one of the most common neurobehavioral disorders of childhood.

ADHD is usually first diagnosed in childhood and often lasts into adulthood. Children with ADHD have trouble paying attention, controlling impulsive behaviors and in some cases, are overly active.

A child with ADHD might:

  • Have trouble paying attention
  • Daydream a lot
  • Not seem to listen
  • Be easily distracted from schoolwork or play
  • Forget things
  • Be in constant motion or unable to stay seated
  • Squirm or fidget
  • Talk too much
  • Not be able to play quietly
  • Act and speak without thinking
  • Have trouble taking turns
  • Interrupt others

The cause(s) and risk factors for ADHD are unknown, but current research shows that genetics plays an important role. In most cases, ADHD is best treated with a combination of medication and behavior therapy.

No single treatment is the answer for every child. Most successful treatment plans will include close monitoring, follow-ups and any changes needed along the way.

If you think you or someone you know may have ADHD, contact us for a free psychiatric assessment.

For more information on ADHD, visit the U.S. National Library of Medicine.