The Basics of ADHD

Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is a mental disorder that causes above-normal levels of hyperactive and disruptive behaviors. People with ADHD tend to have difficulty concentrating, sitting still, paying attention, staying organized, following instructions, remembering details, and/or controlling impulses. One of the unfortunate complications for people with untreated ADHD is that they often have trouble getting along with their peers, family members at home, and coworkers.

Explore the resources below to better familiarize yourself with the condition. 

Know the Basics

Diagnosing ADHD in Children

The first attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) symptoms often appear between the ages of 3 and 6. However, the earliest symptoms can be hard to recognize and are often overlooked.

Gender Differences in ADHD Symptoms

Boys usually exhibit external ADHD behaviors such as hyperactivity, while girls experience internal symptoms such as depression.

The Four Greatest Myths about ADHD

ADHD carries common myths, such as that it's a made up condition, people with this disorder are less intelligent, lazy, and irresponsible.

What's the Difference Between ADD and ADHD?

Learn the difference between ADD and ADHD and the three types of ADHD: inattentive, hyperactive/impulsive, and combined hyperactive/impulsive and inattentive.

A Brief History of ADHD

When did ADHD come about and what are its roots? Tracing the history of this relatively new disorder can help you understand it better.

Is ADHD Over-Diagnosed?

ADHD is one of the most common behavioral disorders, but is it overdiagnosed? Learn the facts and work with your pediatrician to determine a correct diagnosis.


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