What is ADHD?
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, also called ADHD, is one of the most common childhood brain disorders that can also continue into adulthood.
Is ADHD Treatable?
ADHD cannot be cured, but treatment may help ease some of the symptoms. Treatments may include medications and various therapies. Seeking help from a psychiatrist, child psychologist, and pediatrician may be beneficial in decreasing the symptoms of ADHD. It may also be beneficial to seek behavioral therapy.
A child with ADHD may experience some of the following:
- Becoming easily distracted
- Appears to be not listening
- Easily forgets about daily activities
- Appears to make careless mistakes
- Has trouble doing activities that require staying still
- Talking excessively
- Often squirms or fidgets
- Interrupts others
- Has trouble staying still
An adult with ADHD may experience some of the following:
- Low self esteem
- Not organized
- Mood swings
- Easily Frustrated
- Substance Abuse or addiction
- Trouble concentrating
Facts about ADHD
- Boys are three times as likely to be diagnosed than girls
- Symptoms of ADHD usually appear between ages 3 and 6
- 6.1% of American children are being treated for ADHD with medication
- The average age for an ADHD diagnosis is age 7
- 11% of American children ages 4-17 have been diagnosed with ADHD
- Today about 4% of adults in American struggle with ADHD daily