ADHD and Children who can't pay attention
stands for Attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder. It is a name
given to a group of behaviors found in many children and even adults.
Children and adults who suffer from ADHD have trouble paying
attention in school, at home or practically anywhere they go!
Another sign of ADHD is hyperactivity or being more impulsive for
their age. Obviously, these behaviors could create problems in both
learning and behavior. For this reason, children who are considered
“difficult” or are having behavior problems might have
ADHD. Since ADHD affects 4% to 12% of school-age children, it's
considered fairly common, but it's occurs more often with boys than
girls. Besides ADHD, another term used is ADD or attention deficit
disorder. The American Psychiatric Association (APA) named this
disorder in 1994.
are the symptoms of ADHD?
Children who exhibit 6 or more of the following symptoms might
Are distracted easily
Appears not to listen
Has trouble paying attention at
school or at home
Doesn't pay close attention to
Doesn't plan ahead
Misplaces items at school or at
Doesn't follow directions or instructions
For additional/related information see other Facts for Families:
Conduct Disorders (#33),
Illness in Teens (#38),
Questions to Ask about Psychiatric Medications for Children and Adolescents
Comprehensive Psychiatric Evaluation (#52).
article was written by Tim Manasterski who is part of the
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