ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder) is a common condition that effects children and adolescents. ADHD is most commonly found in younger ages, while ADD (Attention Deficit Disorder) effects adults. ADHD is the most commonly diagnosed mental disorder found in children of all age groups, though it is more common in boys that girls.
Children with ADHD have greater problems paying attention and concentrating. They have trouble following directions, easily get bored and frustrated with tasks. They also tend to move constantly, and are impulsive in their actions, often not thinking before they act. The exact cause of ADHD is unknown, although researchers are constantly studying the brain looking for answers.
Diagnosis of ADHD is made based on the child’s behavior and symptoms. Pediatricians and Psychologists can diagnose ADHD with the help of the standard guidelines set forth by the American Academy of Pediatrics. If you worry that your child might have ADHD, consult with your pediatrician as soon as possible.
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