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Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is a neurobiological disorder characterized by developmentally inappropriate impulsivity, inattention, and in some cases, hyperactivity.

Everyone has occasional difficulty sitting still, paying attention, or controlling impulsive behavior. For some children and adults, however, the problem is so pervasive and persistent that it interferes with their daily lives at home, at school, at work, and in social settings.

Until recently it was believed that children outgrew ADHD in adolescence. This is because hyperactivity often diminishes during the teen years. However, we now know that many symptoms continue into adulthood. If the disorder goes undiagnosed or untreated, adults with the disorder may experience trouble at work and in relationships, as well as emotional difficulties such as anxiety and depression.

People with ADHD can be very successful in life. But without appropriate identification and treatment, ADHD can have serious consequences, including school failure, depression, conduct disorder, failed relationships, and substance abuse. Early identification and treatment are extremely important.

From CHADD (Children and Adults with Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder) Full Article


There is no single medical, physical, or other test for diagnosing ADD/ADHD. To determine if you have ADD/ADHD, a doctor or other health professional will need to be involved, and you can expect him or her to use a number of different tools: a checklist of symptoms, answers to questions about past and present problems, or a medical exam to rule out other causes for symptoms.

Keep in mind that the symptoms of ADD/ADHD, such as concentration problems and hyperactivity, can be confused with other disorders and medical problems. Just because it looks like ADD/ADHD doesn’t mean it is, so getting a thorough assessment and diagnosis is important.

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ADD/ADHD Resources

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  • CHADD (Children and Adults with Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder): The nation’s leading non-profit organization serving individuals with ADHD and their families. CHADD has over 200 local chapters throughout the U.S. Chapters that offer support for students, parents, teachers, and others.
  • National Resource Center on ADHD: A program of CHADD, offers information sheets on a wide variety of topics related to ADHD, some specifically oriented to college students.
  • ADD /ADHD Help Center (part of provides expert, ad-free mental health information and resources.
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