by Polsdorfer R

Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is a behavioral disorder. It is marked by behavior that is hyperactive, impulsive, or inattentive. A person may have one or more of these behaviors.

The exact cause of ADHD is not known. Changes may happen as the brain develops. Genes and the environment may also play a role.

ADHD affects children, adolescents, and adults. This fact sheet will focus on children and adolescents.

What are the risk factors for ADHD?What are the symptoms of ADHD?How is ADHD diagnosed?What are the treatments for ADHD?Are there screening tests for ADHD?How can I reduce my (or my child’s) risk of ADHD?What questions should I ask my doctor?Where can I get more information about ADHD?

References

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ADHD. Kids Health—Nemours Foundation website. Available at: https://kidshealth.org/en/parents/adhd.html. Accessed May 11, 2022.

Attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). Family Doctor—American Academy of Family Physicians website. Available at: https://familydoctor.org/condition/attention-deficit-hyperactivity-disorder-adhd. Accessed May 11, 2022.

Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). National Institute of Mental Health website. Available at: https://www.nimh.nih.gov/health/topics/attention-deficit-hyperactivity-disorder-adhd. Accessed May 11, 2022.

Attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) in children and adolescents. EBSCO DynaMed website. Available at: https://www.dynamed.com/condition/attention-deficit-hyperactivity-disorder-adhd-in-children-and-adolescents. Accessed May 11, 2022.

Understanding ADHD: information for parents. Healthy Children—American Academy of Pediatrics website. Available at: https://www.healthychildren.org/English/health-issues/conditions/adhd/Pages/Understanding-ADHD.aspx. Accessed May 11, 2022.

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