"Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is one of the most common chronic disorders in children and often continues into adulthood. ADHD includes some combination of problems, such as difficulty paying attention, hyperactivity and impulsive behavior. Children with ADHD may also struggle with low self-esteem, troubled relationships, and poor performance in school.
Most children are, at times, inattentive, distractible, impulsive or highly active. A child may be diagnosed with ADHD when such behaviors happen more frequently and are more severe than for children of the same age or developmental level. An ADHD diagnosis might also result if the behaviors persist over time and negatively impacts a child’s family, social and school life. Although aggression is not specifically a symptom of ADHD, children who behave aggressively are often diagnosed with ADHD.
There are different rates of ADHD among children, ranging from one percent to 13 percent, and ADHD is three to four times more common in boys than girls.
Symptoms of ADHD
ADHD used to be called attention-deficit disorder (ADD). However, the term ADHD is now preferred because it describes both primary aspects of the condition: inattention and hyperactive-impulsive disorder.
(Source: Adopt Ontario)
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