Treating and Dealing with ADHD
Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder, also known as ADHD, is a condition that often begins between ages 3 and 6, according to the National Institute of Mental Health. And it’s not just a childhood disease. ADHD may continue through the teenage years and into adulthood.
There are three types of ADHD:
- Predominantly inattentive (trouble focusing, following instructions, and finishing tasks).
- Predominantly hyperactive/impulsive (constantly on the go, talking excessively, and interrupting others).
- Combined (symptoms of both inattention and hyperactivity-impulsivity).
Millions of Children Are Diagnosed With ADHD
Studies show that the number of children diagnosed with ADHD continues to increase. About 10% of children ages 3 to 17 (6 million kids) have been diagnosed with ADHD as of 2019, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Boys (13%) are more likely than girls (6%) to have ever been diagnosed with ADHD. “Boys are also more likely to have the hyperactive-impulsive type. This type of ADHD is easier to spot than the quieter child who is inattentive,” says child psychiatrist Tiffany R. Farchione, M.D., who reviews drugs to treat ADHD at the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.
If you suspect your child might have ADHD, see your pediatrician or health care professional. Also, have your child’s vision, hearing, and anything else that might contribute to inattention checked. A doctor might diagnose ADHD or refer your child to a mental health specialist for evaluation.