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What Is ADHD?

Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder is one of the most common neurobehavioral disorders of childhood and can persist through adolescence and into adulthood. Currently the causes are unknown.

A person with ADHD has a chronic level of inattention, impulsive hyperactivity, or both such that daily functioning is compromised. The symptoms of the disorder must be present at levels that are higher than expected for a person's developmental stage and must interfere with the person's ability to function in different settings (e.g., in school and at home). A person with ADHD may struggle in important areas of life, such as peer and family relationships, and school or work performance.

The American Psychiatric Association's Diagnostic and Statistical Manual-IV (DSM-IV-TR) estimates that 3%-7% of children suffer from ADHD. Some studies have estimated higher rates in community samples. ADHD is diagnosed approximately three times more often in boys than in girls.

SOURCE: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Web Resources
Web Links Centers for Disease Control and Prevention ADHD Section
 Children and Adults With Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder
 National Attention Deficit Disorder Association
 The U.S. Department of Education, Office of Special Education Programs
A New Choice for Treating ADHD
If research and clinical trials prove correct, the newly released drug Strattera, will help many children with attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) concentrate.

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