Adult & Child ADHD

Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is a common problem among children. Some outgrow it. In others, it continues through adolescence and into adulthood.

Children and adults with ADHD have trouble staying focused or paying attention. Many find it difficult to control their behavior. Many are also hyperactive, meaning they fidget a lot or can't sit still. Some individuals with ADHD are disruptive or impulsive, have trouble in relationships, and are accident prone. Hyperactivity and impulsiveness often improve with age, while attention problems tend to last into adulthood.

Adults with ADHD tend to have problems with memory and concentration. They may have trouble staying organized and meeting commitments at work or at home. The consequences of poor functioning may be anxiety, low self-esteem, or mood problems. Some turn to alcohol or drugs to manage these feelings.

Although no single treatment completely eliminates ADHD, many helpful options are available. The goal of treatment is to help children and adults improve social relationships, do better in school or at work, and keep their disruptive or harmful behaviors to a minimum. Medication and talk therapy together usually yield the best results.

Talk therapy may include behavior modification, social skills training, or cognitive behavioral therapy. Stimulant medications such as methylphenidate (Ritalin) and forms of amphetamine (Dexedrine) have been used for decades. They are relatively safe and effective for most children and adults to help them focus their thoughts and control their behavior.

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Attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) in children

Attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder is a brain problem that can make it hard for kids to behave appropriately. It can also make time in the classroom challenging, interfere with schoolwork, and affect a child’s social and emotional development. Brain imaging studies suggest that kids with ADHD have brains that work a little differently than the brains of kids without this condition. ADHD tends to run in families. More »

Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)

Attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), usually first diagnosed in childhood, can appear in a variety of forms and has many possible causes. People with ADHD probably have an underlying genetic vulnerability to developing it, but the severity of the problem is also influenced by the environment. Conflict and stress tend to make it worse. The main features of this disorder are found in its name. Attention problems include daydreaming, difficulty focusing and being easily distracted. Hyperactivity refers to fidgeting or restlessness. A person with the disorder may be disruptive or impulsive, may have trouble in relationships and may be accident-prone. Hyperactivity and impulsiveness often improve as a person matures, but attention problems tend to last into adulthood. (Locked) More »