Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, Pediatric
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Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is a mental health disorder that starts during childhood. It is a condition that can make it hard for children to pay attention and concentrate or to control their behavior. ADHD is a common reason for behavior and learning problems in school.
ADHD is a lifelong condition. If it is not treated, this disorder can affect a child's academic achievement, employment, and relationships.
The exact cause of this condition is not known. Most experts believe a person's genes and environment contribute to ADHD.
Symptoms of this condition depend on the type of ADHD.
Children with the combination type have symptoms of both of the other types.
Children with ADHD may feel frustrated with themselves and may find school to be particularly discouraging. As children get older, the hyperactivity may lessen, but the attention and organizational problems often continue. Most children do not outgrow ADHD, but with treatment, they often learn to manage their symptoms.
This condition is diagnosed based on your child's ADHD symptoms and academic history. Your child's health care provider will do a complete assessment. As part of the assessment, your child's health care provider will ask parents or guardians for their observations.
A diagnosis is made after all the information has been reviewed.
ADHD may continue into adulthood, but treatment may improve your child's ability to cope with the challenges.
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These symptoms may be an emergency. Do not wait to see if the symptoms will go away. Get help right away. Call 911.
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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