What is ADHD?
ADHD, which stands for Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, is a condition that makes it difficult for a person to pay attention and control impulsive behaviors. ADHD symptoms usually start before age 12 and can occur as early as age 3.
While it is typical for young children to get easily distracted, not finish tasks completely, and move or run about at inappropriate times and locations, when these symptoms persist and interfere with school or social interactions, it may be a sign that your child has ADHD.
What causes ADHD?
The causes of ADHD are not fully understood, but genetics, environment, and other issues may all play a role.
What are the symptoms and types of ADHD?
Symptoms of ADHD are inattention, hyperactivity, and impulsivity, and can be expressed in ways such as distractibility, forgetfulness, and disorganization to fidgeting and moving about, talking excessively, and disruptive behavior. Specific symptoms vary and may be more apparent in some children than others. The study doctor or your child’s regular healthcare provider will evaluate your child’s symptoms to determine if he or she has ADHD.
ADHD is usually categorized into three types: inattentive ADHD, hyperactive ADHD, or combination ADHD.
How can I tell if my child has ADHD?
Diagnosing ADHD can be difficult. While there are defined symptoms and different questionnaires and rating scales that can help with diagnosis, there is no official medical test. To determine whether a patient may have ADHD, doctors must interview patients and observe their behavior. This process may take repeated doctor’s visits and other types of information-gathering, including reports from teachers and parents.