Attention Deficit/Hyperactive Disorder

What is ADHD?

ADHD is a chronic condition that affects how well someone can sit still, focus, and pay attention. It is a chronic condition that affects millions of children and often persists into adulthood.
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  • Impulsiveness
  • Hyperactivity
  • Trouble focusing
  • Trouble paying attention
  • Daydreaming


Multiple factors have been implicated in the development of ADHD. Studies indicate that genes may play a role and certain environmental factors also may increase risk.
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Diagnosis and Treatment

Usually the diagnosis centers around discussions about your symptoms and the overall impact the symptoms have on daily life. ADHD can be treated by either medication or psychotherapy. Treatment won't cure ADHD but it can help a great deal with the symptoms.
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The percentages of people with ADHD.

Interesting Fact

People with ADHD don't have trouble paying attention. They have trouble paying attention to the “right” things. They may spend hours playing video games, or tinkering in the basement or writing the Great American Novel. What they can’t do well is control what to pay attention to.


In the past researchers thought that ADHD was caused by drug or alcohol abuse by the mother during pregnancy. This however is not true.