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What is Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder?

What is Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder?

Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), also previously called Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD), is a behavior disorder that can ...more »

  • Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder: Behavioral disorder with hyperactivity and/or inattention.
  • Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder: A behavior disorder originating in childhood in which the essential features are signs of developmentally inappropriate inattention, impulsivity, and hyperactivity. Although most individuals have symptoms of both inattention and hyperactivity-impulsivity, one or the other pattern may be predominant. The disorder is more frequent in males than females. Onset is in childhood. Symptoms often attenuate during late adolescence although a minority experience the full complement of symptoms into mid-adulthood. (From DSM-IV)
    Source - Diseases Database
  • Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder: a condition (mostly in boys) characterized by behavioral and learning disorders.
    Source - WordNet 2.1

Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder: Introduction

Types of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder:

Types of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder:

  • Predominantly inattentive ADHD subtype (type of ADD)
  • Predominantly hyperactive-impulsive ADHD subtype (type of ADD)
  • Combined inattentive-hyperactive ADHD subtype (type of ADD)
  • more types...»

Broader types of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder:

How many people get Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder?

Prevalance of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder: 3.3 million children have ADD in USA (NHIS-97); estimated 2 million American children; 3 to 5 percent of all children (NIMH).
Prevalance Rate of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder: approx 1 in 82 or 1.21% or 3.3 million people in USA [about data]
Prevalance of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder: affects 3-5 percent of all American children. (Source: excerpt from NINDS Attention Deficit-Hyperactivity Disorder Information Page: NINDS)

Who gets Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder?

Patient Profile for Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder: Typically symptoms noticed in children or adolescents; often lifelong effects.

Gender Profile for Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder: Boys 2-3 times more than girls.

How serious is Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder?

Complications of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder: see complications of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder
Prognosis of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder: There is no "cure" for ADHD. Children with the disorder seldom outgrow it; however, some may find adaptive ways to accommodate the ADHD as they mature. (Source: excerpt from NINDS Attention Deficit-Hyperactivity Disorder Information Page: NINDS) ... Even though most people don't outgrow ADHD, people do learn to adapt and live fulfilling lives. (Source: excerpt from Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder: NIMH)

What causes Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder?

Causes of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder: see causes of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder
Risk factors for Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder: see risk factors for Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder

What are the symptoms of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder?

Symptoms of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder: see symptoms of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder

Complications of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder: see complications of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder

Can anyone else get Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder?

Inheritance: see inheritance of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder

Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder: Testing

Diagnostic testing: see tests for Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder.

Misdiagnosis: see misdiagnosis and Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder.

How is it treated?

Doctors and Medical Specialists for Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder: Psychiatrists, Psychologists, Pediatricians, Neurologists, Pediatrician, Family Practice Physician, Psychiatrist ; see also doctors and medical specialists for Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder.
Treatments for Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder: see treatments for Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder
Alternative treatments for Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder: see alternative treatments for Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder
Research for Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder: see research for Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder

Society issues for Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder

Prescriptions for Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder: An increase of 500% in prescriptions in the USA since 1991 (Drug Enforcement Administration)

Organs Affected by Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder:

Organs and body systems related to Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder include:

Name and Aliases of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder

Main name of condition: Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder

Class of Condition for Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder: behavior

Other names or spellings for Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder:

ADHD, Attention Deficit Disorder [a slightly older name now less used than ADHD.], ADD

Hyperkinetic syndrome Source - Diseases Database

ADD, Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, ADHD, Hyperkinetic syndrome, Minimal brain dysfunction, Minimal brain damage, MBD, Attention deficit disorder, ADD, ADHD, Hyperkinetic syndrome, Minimal brain dysfunction, Minimal brain damage, MBD
Source - WordNet 2.1

Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder: Related Conditions

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