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Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is a mental health disorder that starts during childhood (neurodevelopmental disorder). For many people with ADHD, the disorder continues into the adult years. Treatment can help you manage your symptoms.
The exact cause of ADHD is not known. Most experts believe genetics and environmental factors contribute to ADHD.
Symptoms of this condition depend on the type of ADHD. The two main types are inattentive and hyperactive-impulsive. Some people may have symptoms of both types.
This condition is diagnosed based on your current symptoms and your history of symptoms. The diagnosis can be made by a health care provider such as a primary care provider or a mental health care specialist.
Your health care provider may use a symptom checklist or a behavior rating scale to evaluate your symptoms. He or she may also want to talk with people who have observed your behaviors throughout your life.
This information is not intended to replace advice given to you by your health care provider. Make sure you discuss any questions you have with your health care provider.
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