Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is a condition in which a person has trouble paying attention and focusing on tasks, tends to act without thinking, and has trouble sitting still. It may begin in early childhood and can continue into adulthood. Without treatment, ADHD can cause problems at home, at school, at work, and with relationships. In the past, ADHD was called attention deficit disorder (ADD).
If you know or believe your child has ADHD, it’s important to get a comprehensive evaluation from a qualified mental health professional. Research clearly demonstrates that medication can help improve attention, focus, goal-directed behavior, and organizational skills. Other treatment approaches may include individual therapy, social skills training, parent education, and modifications to your child’s education program.