A to Z: Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)enparentshttps://kidshealth.org/EN/images/headers/P-khAZDictionary-enHD-AR1.jpgLearn about behavioral disorders and conditions that affect children's moods, activities, and interactions.Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, ADHD, attention deficit disorder, ADD, hyperkinetic syndrome, hyperkinetic disorder, hyperkinetic impulse disorder, childhood hyperkinesis, behavioral disorders, neurotransmitters, brain, nervous system, hyperactivity, chemical imbalance, inattention, stimulants, nonstimulants, antidepressants, behavior therapy08/14/201303/18/201909/02/2019a1730bc0-2c9d-456a-b51e-0e4232a939fbhttps://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/az-adhd.html/<p><a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/dictionary/"><img class="right" title="Parents image" src="https://kidshealth.org/EN/images/buttons/P-atoZDictionary-enBT.jpg" alt="A to Z Dictionary 500 Go" name="5093-P_ATOZDICTIONARY2_ENBT.JPG" /></a></p> <p><strong>May also be called: ADHD; Attention Deficit disorder; ADD</strong></p> <p><a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/adhd.html/">Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD)</a> is a common behavioral disorder that affects how well someone can sit still, focus, control impulses, and pay attention.</p> <h3>More to Know</h3> <p>At times, all kids (especially younger ones) have trouble sitting still, paying attention, or attending to details. The difference with ADHD is that these symptoms are present over a longer period of time and happen in different settings. They impair someone's ability to function socially, academically, and at home. Kids and teens with ADHD can have difficulty with impulse control and with staying focused, and may be hyperactive.</p> <p>ADHD has biological origins that aren't yet clearly understood. No single cause has been identified, but researchers are exploring a number of possible <a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/about-genetics.html/">genetic</a> and environmental links.</p> <p>There are three subtypes of ADHD:</p> <ol class="kh_longline_list"> <li>People with the <strong>inattentive type</strong> are easily distracted and have trouble listening and following directions.</li> <li>Kids with the <strong>hyperactive-impulsive type</strong> talk, run, and climb excessively, and have trouble sitting still, waiting in line, and playing quietly.</li> <li>The <strong>combined type</strong> involves aspects of the other two types and is the most common.</li> </ol> <p>In most cases, all types of ADHD are best treated with a combination of medications and behavior therapy.</p> <p><img title="ADHD illustration" src="https://kidshealth.org/EN/images/illustrations/adhd-415x233-rd5-enIL.png" alt="ADHD illustration" name="4335-ADHD_415X233_RD5_ENIL.PNG" /></p> <h3>Keep in Mind</h3> <p>There's no cure for ADHD, but by working with a doctor and school staff to develop an individualized, long-term treatment plan, students with ADHD can learn to successfully live with and manage their symptoms. In some cases, the symptoms of ADHD may even become less severe as kids get&nbsp;older.</p> <p><em>All A to Z dictionary entries are regularly reviewed by KidsHealth medical experts.</em></p>
A to Z: Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)Learn about behavioral disorders and conditions that affect children's moods, activities, and interactions.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/az-adhd.html/a1730bc0-2c9d-456a-b51e-0e4232a939fb
ADHDADHD is a common medical condition that can affect kids at school, at home, and in friendships. This article is for parents who want to learn more about ADHD and how to help kids get the best diagnosis and care.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/adhd.html/f42ae5d2-7169-4339-b118-781dbfcb5f97
ADHD: Tips to TryThere's no quick fix for ADHD. But taking medicine and working with counselors can help. This article for teens has tips for handling school and relationships.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/teens/adhd-tips.html/8ec4fc74-66dd-4ee6-b507-3e87b3151309
Word! ADHDADHD is short for attention deficit hyperactivity disorder.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/kids/word-adhd.html/bb88a340-6ad5-47b0-b687-6704c81e4cfe