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What is ADHD?

What is ADHD?

ADHD, or attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, is a common neurobehavioral developmental disorder. The hallmarks of ADHD ...more »

  • ADHD: Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) is a mental and behavioral disorder characterized by behavioral problems such as hyperactivity, inattention, concentration difficulty, and other mental symptoms. Typically, ADHD and associated hyperactivity is known as a childhood disorder, although ADD/ADHD in adults is known to be under-diagnosed. It is distinguished from Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD) which has a reduced focus on hyperactivity type symptoms.

ADHD: Introduction

Types of ADHD:

Types of ADHD:

  • 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 ADHD:

How many people get ADHD?

Prevalance of ADHD: 3.3 million children have ADD in the USA (NHIS-97); estimated 2 million American children; 3 to 5 percent of all children (NIMH).
Prevalance Rate of ADHD: approx 1 in 82 or 1.21% or 3.3 million people in USA [about data]

Who gets ADHD?

Patient Profile for ADHD: Typically ADD symptoms are detected in children or in adolescence; often lifelong effects.

Gender Profile for ADHD: Boys are affected 2-3 times more often than girls.

How serious is ADHD?

Prognosis of ADHD: ADHD is not fatal and non-degenerative. May have lifelong effects but improvement with correct diagnosis and treatment.
Complications of ADHD: see complications of ADHD

What causes ADHD?

Causes of ADHD: see causes of ADHD
Risk factors for ADHD: see risk factors for ADHD

What are the symptoms of ADHD?

Symptoms of ADHD: see symptoms of ADHD

Complications of ADHD: see complications of ADHD

ADHD: Testing

Diagnostic testing: see tests for ADHD.

Misdiagnosis: see misdiagnosis and ADHD.

How is it treated?

Doctors and Medical Specialists for ADHD: Psychiatrists, Psychologists, Pediatricians, Neurologists ; see also doctors and medical specialists for ADHD.
Treatments for ADHD: see treatments for ADHD
Research for ADHD: see research for ADHD

Organs Affected by ADHD:

Organs and body systems related to ADHD include:

Name and Aliases of ADHD

Main name of condition: ADHD

Class of Condition for ADHD: behavior

Other names or spellings for ADHD:

Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder

ADHD: Related Conditions

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