Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)

ADHD is a chronic condition that presents in early childhood and continues into adulthood. Symptoms typically appear by age 12 and can be mild, moderate or severe. ADHD is more prevalent in young males than females.

ADHD symptoms fall into three groups:

  • Not being able to focus (inattentiveness)
  • Being extremely active (hyperactivity)
  • Not being able to control behavior (impulsivity)

Some people with ADHD have mainly symptoms of inattentiveness, while others have mainly hyperactive and impulsive symptoms. There are also cases where an individual is experiencing a combination of all three symptoms.

Children with ADHD often struggle in school, tend to have more accidents or injuries, struggle with peer interactions and have low self-esteem. Early intervention is crucial in helping alleviate some of the symptoms.

Treatment may include a combination of medications, behavior therapy, counseling and education services.