Most children and teenagers have a difficult time paying attention, sitting still, or controlling their impulses from time-to-time. For youth with Attention Deficit/Hyperactivty Disorder (ADHD), however, these types of behaviors occur on a daily basis, in multiple settings (e.g., at home, at school, with friends, during extracurricular activities) and result in problems, such as academic difficulties and trouble getting along with parents, teachers, and peers. Symptoms of ADHD are usually present early in development (before age 7).
Persistent inattention and hyperactivity/impulsivity are two hallmark symptoms of ADHD.
Most children and teens with ADHD experience difficulty with both inattention and hyperactivity/impulsivity, although some youth only experience difficulties in one of the two areas. Effective treatment for children and teens with ADHD may include behavioral parent training, classroom management strategies, social skills training, and medication.
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