ADHD (attention deficit hyperactivity disorder or ADD) is a common childhood disorder which may affect children differently. It makes it hard for a child to focus and pay attention. Some kids may be hyperactive or have trouble being patient. ADHD can make it hard for a child to do well in school or behave at home. Children of all backgrounds can have ADHD. Teens and adults can have ADHD too.
Teens with ADHD can struggle with school or take too many risks or break rules. But like children with ADHD, teens can get better with treatment. Support your teen. Set clear rules to follow. Try not to punish your teen every time he or she breaks the rules. Let your teen know you can help.
Many adults have ADHD and don’t know they have it. Like ADHD in children and teens, ADHD in adults can make life challenging. ADHD can make it hard for adults to feel organized, stick with a job or get to work on time. Adults with ADHD may have trouble in relationships. The disorder can also make adults feel restless.
ADHD in adults can be diagnosed and treated. For some adults, finding out they have ADHD can be a big relief. Being able to connect ADHD to longtime problems helps adults understand that they can get better. If you are an adult and think you may have ADHD symptoms, call your doctor.
Did you know?
Children with ADHD are more likely to have problems in school, have strained family and peer relationships, and suffer more injuries than children without ADHD. Adults who were children with ADHD are more likely to be underemployed, more likely to enter the justice system, and more likely to have marriages that end in divorce.
ADHD causes are not known. ADHD causes may include heredity, lead exposure, smoking or drinking, brain injuries, and food additives. Click here to learn more about the causes of ADHD.
ADHD symptoms may look like normal child behaviors, but ADHD makes them much worse and occur more often. Click here to learn more about the symptoms of ADHD.
ADHD diagnosis is mad by a doctor. There is no single test that can tell if your child has ADHD. Click here to learn more about how ADHD is diagnosed.
ADHD treatment includes medication, therapy, and a combination of the two. Several medications can help. Click here to learn more about ADHD treatment options.