ADHD, or attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder, is a behavioral condition that makes focusing on everyday requests and routines challenging.
People with ADHD typically have trouble getting organized, staying focused, making realistic plans and thinking before acting. They may be fidgety, noisy and unable to adapt to changing situations.
Children with ADHD can be defiant, socially inept or aggressive.
Families considering treatment options should consult a qualified mental health professional for a complete review of their child's behavioral issues and a treatment plan.
Adapted from the Encyclopedia of Psychology
Issues in Treating ADHD
- Understanding the Ritalin debate
Stimulant medication, such as Ritalin, is the most common ADHD treatment. Although some worry that children are being overmedicated, research shows it’s effective, especially when combined with counseling.
- Gender differences in ADHD
The stereotype of someone with ADHD is a little boy who’s hyperactive. But ADHD affects girls and even adult women, too—just differently.
ADHD meds may not up drug abuse risk in adulthood
May 29, 2013, WebMD
Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder linked to adult obesity
May 20, 2013, Chicago Tribune
Preschoolers with ADHD often treated incorrectly
May 6, 2013, Fox News
Understanding the rise in ADHD diagnoses
April 3, 2013, CNN
Monitor on Psychology Articles
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- Easing ADHD without meds
- APA publishes third edition of seminal ADHD book for kids
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- Bringing life into focus
- AD/HD and the College Student: The Everything Guide to Your Most Urgent Questions
- Putting on the Brakes: Understanding and Taking Control of Your ADD or ADHD, Third Edition
- Succeeding With Adult ADHD
- Applying to College for Students With ADD or LD
- Nonmedication Treatments for Adult ADHD
- 50 Activities and Games for Kids With ADHD