Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is a
condition that affects children, adolescents, and adults of every age, gender, IQ, religious and socio-economic background. It is characterized by problems with attention, impulsivity, and
hyperactivity, making it difficult to pay attention and stay focused.
symptoms include forgetting things easily, having a hard time staying motivated
to do tasks, and difficulty knowing how to organize daily life. Some people
have symptoms that are mild and easily managed, while others are more severely
In 2011, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
reported that the percentage of children (aged 3-17) in the United States who
have been diagnosed with ADHD is 9.5%. If
your child has ADHD, s/he is not bad, but has difficulty making the connection
between his/her behaviors and the resulting consequences.
You can learn strategies to change your child’s behaviors
and improve his/her relationship with others.Children with ADHD need to know exactly what is expected of them; they
do not do well when things are unclear and directions aren’t specific. It is
important to them that you explain choices and consequences in advance.
Most people don’t “outgrown” ADHD and must develop coping
skills as adults. Approximately 4% of the U.S. adult population has ADHD, the
majority of whom are men.
ADHD can cause problems at work, at home, and in everyday activities.
Household chores don't get done; bills
go unpaid; and relationships suffer because the person with ADHD loses track of
dates and times, neglects to fulfill promises or is easily irritated.
People who have ADHD often have strong feelings of
frustration, guilt or low self-esteem; they feel worried and stressed because they
have trouble with goals and responsibilities.
ADHD tends to run in families and can cause serious effects
if untreated, including problems in school, lost productivity and reduced earning
power at work, driving citations and accidents, overeating and obesity and confrontations
Treatment usually consists of psychotherapy and drug
can learn more about ADHD at CHADD
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