ADHD, or attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder, is a behavioral condition that makes focusing on everyday requests and routines challenging.
People with ADHD typically have trouble getting organized, staying focused, making realistic plans and thinking before acting. They may be fidgety, noisy and unable to adapt to changing situations.
Children with ADHD can be defiant, socially inept or aggressive.
Families considering treatment options should consult a qualified mental health professional for a complete review of their child's behavioral issues and a treatment plan.
Adapted from the Encyclopedia of Psychology
Issues in Treating ADHD
Understanding the Ritalin debate
Stimulant medication, such as Ritalin, is the most common ADHD treatment. Although some worry that children are being overmedicated, research shows it’s effective, especially when combined with counseling.
Gender differences in ADHD
The stereotype of someone with ADHD is a little boy who’s hyperactive. But ADHD affects girls and even adult women, too—just differently.
More and more, young women are being diagnosed with ADHD
June 9, 2014, NPR
Exercising the mind to treat attention deficits
May 12, 2014, The New York Times
ADHD drugs not linked to increased tobacco use
May 12, 2014, USA TODAY
Monitor on Psychology Articles
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Easing ADHD without meds
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APA publishes third edition of seminal ADHD book for kids
May 1, 2012
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March 1, 2012
Bringing life into focus
March 1, 2012
AD/HD and the College Student: The Everything Guide to Your Most Urgent Questions
May 15 2012
Putting on the Brakes: Understanding and Taking Control of Your ADD or ADHD, Third Edition
April 15 2012
Succeeding With Adult ADHD
Applying to College for Students With ADD or LD
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Nonmedication Treatments for Adult ADHD
50 Activities and Games for Kids With ADHD
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