Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) is one of the most common disorders in children and adolescents. Symptoms include difficulty staying focused and paying attention, impulsive behaviors (acting without thinking), and very high levels of activity. ADHD is often first diagnosed in childhood and lasts into adulthood. While it is common for most children to have trouble paying attention, be hyperactive and act before thinking at certain times, for a child with ADHD, these behaviors are severe and occur more often and in more places than their peers. Children with ADHD may experience difficulty performing at school, problems with peers, or trouble completing tasks at home.
There is no cure or quick treatment for ADHD. Some children with ADHD benefit from medications. Additionally, therapy can help teach children and their families strategies to help with organization, improve social skills, and increase the child’s ability to handle difficult events. Children with ADHD are also eligible for educational support services to help promote success at school.
Further information is available through the National Institute of Mental Health or through Children and Adults with Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder.