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What is ADHD?

ADHD (Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder) is characterized by a persistent pattern of inattention and/or hyperactivity-impulsivity that negatively impacts functioning at work, home, or school. The prevalence of ADHD in school-aged children is approximately 5-8%. In children, boys are twice as likely than girls to have childhood ADHD. Approximately 60% of children with ADHD continue to have ADHD symptoms into adulthood. The prevalence of ADHD in adults is approximately 1-5%. In adults, men are 1.6 times more likely than women to have adult ADHD.

The Three Types of ADHD

ADHD, predominately inattentive presentation
ADHD, predominately hyperactive/impulsive presentation
ADHD, combined presentation

What are the symptoms of ADHD?

Frequently has difficulty sustaining attention in tasks (staying focused during lectures,

work meetings, or long reading assignments)

Frequently fails to pay close attention to details

Frequently does not follow through on instructions and does not complete work duties, school assignments, or household chores

Frequently avoids or is reluctant to do tasks that necessitate prolonged concentration

Frequently losing things that are needed for tasks

Being easily distracted by other things

Frequently forgetful in daily tasks

Frequently talks too much

Frequently has difficulty waiting for his or her turn

Frequently interrupts other people

Frequently fidgets with hands or feet

Frequently gets up out of his or her seat when being seated is expected in the situation (during a lecture or work meeting)

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How is ADHD treated?

Certain behavioral strategies can help reduce the severity of the inattentive symptoms of ADHD. These behavioral strategies include: writing down important events in a daily planner, setting cell phone reminders for important events, and writing down important events on a whiteboard that one frequently walks past.

If these behavioral strategies are not adequate enough to manage the ADHD symptoms, then certain medications are effective in treating ADHD. Please consult a qualified psychiatrist to learn more about these medications.