What Is ADHD?

ADHD stands for Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder.

  • ADHD symptoms include inattention and/or impulsivity/hyperactivity.
  • Any child can have moments of being inattentive, impulsive, or hyperactive. Children with ADHD experience these symptoms in a way that is persistent and severe to a degree that interferes with functioning or development and is inconsistent with developmental level (or age).
  • ADHD is a treatable medical condition. It may be caused in part by an imbalance in chemical messengers that affect behavior.
  • ADHD behavior is not a choice.
  • ADHD occurs in children, teens, and adults.
  • ADHD is commonly referred to as AD/HD and ADD, though the correct term is ADHD. Throughout this site, we will use the term ADHD.

Only a doctor or other trained health care professional can accurately diagnose ADHD.

Could my child have ADHD?

If you are concerned that your child might have ADHD, fill out this ADHD Symptom Checklist and discuss it with your child’s doctor. Only a doctor or other trained health care professional can accurately diagnose ADHD.

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