Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder, or ADHD, presents through the inability to sustain focus and/or hyperactive or impulsive behaviors.
ADHD is typically diagnosed in childhood, especially when the symptoms inhibit a child’s ability to participate in schoolwork and school-related activities. As these symptoms can be associated with multiple diagnoses apart from ADHD, the diagnosis process typically involves a medical exam and a checklist to ensure these symptoms are not indicators for another issue. A child psychologist or psychiatrist or developmental pediatrician may diagnose ADHD. Treatments can include medication, behavioral therapy, and leading a healthy lifestyle.
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- Talk to your child’s pediatrician. They can connect you with other professionals to start the diagnosis process.
- Children and Adults with Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (CHADD) provide support to individuals and families navigating the world of ADHD diagnoses, and CHADD aims to disarm information related to ADHD.
- Attention Deficit Disorder Association (ADDA) provides resources and support groups related to ADHD and ADD.
Resources for this article include the CDC.