adhd in children and youth
What is ADHD?
ADHD stands for Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder.
This disorder prevents many bright students from doing well in school because it is so difficult for them to focus and pay attention. They are distracted, impulsive, and have a hard time sitting still.
If their disorder has not been diagnosed, they may be seen as troublemakers and underachievers. When ADHD is properly diagnosed and treated, most of these children can learn to focus and become good students.
As many as 5 percent of school-age children have ADHD. It begins before children are seven years old and may last into adulthood. The disorder runs in families; it is estimated that up to 25 percent of ADHD children's parent(s) have it.
ADHD symptoms include the following:
Children with ADHD may:
• Have a hard time paying attention
• Daydream a lot
• Do not seem to listen
• Are easily distracted from schoolwork or play
• Forget things
• Are in constant motion or unable to stay seated
ADHD Video Overview