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What is ADHD?

All kids daydream and get in trouble once in a while. But life may be more difficult for a child with ADHD (Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder). It is a serious problem that can get in the way of having a normal life.

Just less than 10% of kids ages 4-17 in the United States have ADHD. Adults can also be diagnosed with ADHD. But with a little work and a treatment plan, ADHD can be controlled.

What are the signs of ADHD?

Kids with ADHD often have trouble with the following behavior:

  • Sitting still
  • Paying attention
  • Following instructions
  • Finishing tasks
  • Acting without thinking 

What causes ADHD?

Doctors are not sure what causes ADHD, but your child may be at higher risk if:

  • ADHD runs in your family
  • You smoked during your pregnancy
  • He/she had a low birth weight or was born early (premature)
  • He/she had colic (uncontrollable crying) as a baby.

Boys are more than twice as likely than girls to be told they have ADHD.

What should I do if I think my child has ADHD?

  • Make an appointment with your child’s doctor as soon as possible.
  • If your child has ADHD, your doctor will make a treatment plan for them. This plan may include medicines and special ways to do things like homework or chores.
  • You may have follow up doctor’s appointments to check and adjust your child’s ADHD plan.

To learn more about ADHD:

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