What is attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD)?

Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) is a treatable condition more commonly thought of as being a childhood condition. ADHD affects bout 11 percent of children between the ages of four and 17 in the United States. Symptoms of ADHD usually appear by age seven (they may appear before this age), and are seen in boys three times more often than in girls. In adulthood, symptoms are found in men and women equally.

Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) symptoms continue as problems into adulthood for more than 60 percent of children with ADHD. The following behaviors and problems might stem directly from ADHD, or might be the result of related adjustment difficulties:

  • Chronic lateness and forgetfulness
  • Anxiety
  • Lack of organizational skills.
  • Low self-esteem
  • Employment problems
  • Difficulty controlling anger
  • Impulsiveness

If these difficulties are not managed appropriately, they can cause emotional, social, occupational, and academic problems in adults.

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