Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)

Attention deficit-hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) or Attention deficit disorder (ADD) is a neurobehavioral disorder characterized by either significant difficulties of inattention or hyperactivity and impulsiveness or a combination of the two. ADHD impacts school-aged children and results in restlessness, acting impulsively, and lack of focus which impairs their ability to learn properly. Symptoms emerge before seven years of age. It is the most commonly studied and diagnosed psychiatric disorder in children, affecting about 3 to 5 percent of children globally and is diagnosed in about 2 to 16 percent of school-aged children. ADHD is about three times more common among boys than girls. It is a chronic disorder with 30 to 50 percent of those individuals diagnosed in childhood continuing to have symptoms into adulthood. Adolescents and adults with ADHD tend to develop coping mechanisms to compensate for some or all of their impairments.

There are three subtypes of the disorders
  • Predominantly inattentive (ADHD-PI or ADHD-I) or "attention deficit disorder" (ADD)
  • Predominantly hyperactive-impulsive (ADHD-HI or ADHD-H)
  • Combined (ADHD-C)

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