What is Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder or ADHD?
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) is a chronic condition that affects millions of children and often continues into adulthood. It includes a combination of persistent problems, such as difficulty sustaining attention, hyperactivity, and impulsive behavior.
Symptoms of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder or ADHD
While it can differ from person to person, there are three basic types of ADHD. Each type is identified by the symptoms of hyperactivity, impulsive behavior, and inattention. When the main symptoms are inattention, distraction, and disorganization, it is usually called the “primarily inattentive” type, otherwise known as ADD. The symptoms of hyperactivity and impulsiveness appear to diminish with age but are seen in the “primarily hyperactive/impulsive” type. The third has symptoms from each of the other two, and is called the “combined” type. If left untreated, ADHD may interfere with school and work as well as with social and emotional development.
ADHD tends to run in families. When one family member is diagnosed with ADHD, there is a 25% – 35% chance that another family member will also have the condition, compared to 4%-6% of the general public. Those who have ADHD / ADD also have impaired executive function skills.