Better understand the symptoms and treatment for attention deficity hyperactivity disorder.
Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is a behavioral disorder that causes inattentiveness, impulsivity, over-activity or a combination thereof. According to the Centers for Disease Control, more than 52 million children have been diagnosed with ADHD. Though it’s commonly associated with school-age children, without proper treatment of ADHD, symptoms can reach in to adulthood. Many health care professionals also refer to the disorder as ADD (attention deficit disorder).
A diagnosis of ADHD should only be given by a knowledgeable physician or pediatrician who specializes in treating the specific symptoms associated with this disorder. Treatment consists of a combination of oral medication and behavioral therapy.
Currently the CDC recognizes three categories of ADHD:
Predominantly Inattentive – The person finds it difficult to follow directions or finish a task. They also have trouble following conversations.
Predominantly Hyperactive-Impulsive – This person finds it hard to be still, constantly fidgeting, talking, or in younger children behavior like running, jumping and climbing. They also have difficulty waiting their turn and often make swift decisions without thinking them through.
Combined – A person who displays considerable symptoms in both areas is considered to have a combined diagnosis.