What is ADHD?

Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder often called ADHD. It is estimated that 11 percent of children have ADHD in the United States. In adults, it is estimated at 4.4 percent. ADHD affects a range of cognitive functions, including one’s ability to concentrate and one’s memory.

Many associate ADHD with kids primarily, but as the statistics above show, it affects adults, as well. Some children live with their ADHD into adulthood. Others do not even receive diagnosis until they are adults.

There has been a significant uptick in the diagnosis of ADHD. Increased awareness is the likely cause, though some suspect environmental triggers.

Avoiding treating this disorder is never helpful, especially when children are at stake. Parents should understand that the disorder is still present and affecting a child, whether he or she has a diagnosis or not.

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