Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)
Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) is one of the most common childhood disorders and can continue through adolescence and adulthood. Symptoms include difficulty staying focused and paying attention, difficulty controlling behavior, and hyperactivity. Inattention, hyperactivity, and impulsivity are key hallmarks of ADHD. It is normal for all children to be inattentive, hyperactive, or impulsive at times, but for children with ADHD, these behaviors are more severe and occur more often. Recognizing ADHD symptoms and seeking help early will lead to better outcomes for both affected children and their families. Diagnosis of ADHD requires a qualified mental health professional to gather information about the child, and his or her behavior and environment. No single test can diagnose a child as having ADHD, and many other problems, like anxiety, depression, and certain types of learning disabilities, can have similar symptoms. ADHD evaluations include a combination of in-office testing procedures, questionnaires completed by parents, teachers, and children, and clinical observations.