ADHD: Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder

Introduction to Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)

What is ADHD?

ADHD is a neurological disorder that develops during childhood and can persist into adulthood. Although adult ADHD is more common than initially thought, not all children who have these symptoms will go on to have the adult version of the disorder. Childhood symptoms may also change across the lifespan; some fade (e.g., diminished hyperactivity) while others may be expressed differently (e.g., chronic disorganization may result in getting fired from jobs).
What is ADHD?

  • The purpose of this section is to provide a detailed description of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), its causes, symptoms and treatments. Because ADHD often “looks” different in kids and adults, the adult version of the disorder will be discussed in its own section later in the article.


ADHD: Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder — In The News
About 7 Percent of Kids Worldwide Have ADHD: Study Mar 3, 2015

TUESDAY, March 3, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- About 7 percent of children worldwide have attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), new research concludes. This estimate -- which differs significantly from other recent appraisals -- is based on data from 175 prior studies conducted over nearly four decades. The approximation could help public health... Read More

ADHD May Raise Odds for Premature Death Feb 26, 2015

WEDNESDAY, Feb. 25, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- People with attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) are more than twice as likely to die prematurely as those without the common disorder, a new study finds. The risk is small, but it's a clear indication that the disorder is a serious problem, the researchers... Read More

No Link Seen Between Oxytocin-Assisted Labor and ADHD Feb 9, 2015

M0NDAY, Feb. 9, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Mothers who get an extra boost during labor with the medication oxytocin don't face a higher risk of having a child with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), a new study says. If a woman giving birth stops progressing during labor, she might receive oxytocin (brand... Read More

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