Understanding ADHD

What is ADHD?

ADHD stands for Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder.

  • ADHD is a neurobehavioral disorder that affects children, adolescents, and adults.
  • ADHD is commonly referred to as AD/HD and ADD, but the correct term is ADHD. Throughout this Web site, we will use the term ADHD.
  • ADHD shows itself as a persistent pattern of inattention and/or hyperactivity/impulsivity that is more frequent and severe than is typically seen in one's peers.
  • ADHD is a real disorder. The brain uses various chemicals to help send messages across the nervous system. An imbalance of these chemical messengers may result in the inattentive and hyperactive/impulsive symptoms of ADHD.

Only a trained health care professional can accurately diagnose ADHD.

Could my child have ADHD?

If you are concerned about whether your child has ADHD, fill out the ADHD Doctor Discussion Guide and discuss with your child's doctor.

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