About Attention Related Disorders
Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder is the most commonly diagnosed behavioral disorder of childhood in the United States. There are two sub-types of the disorder, predominately inattentive type, and predominately hyperactive/impulsive type. Children can have just one subtype of the disorder or both types. ADHD can significantly impact academic and future occupational success and can also negatively impact peer relationships.
Doctors diagnose ADHD in children and teens after discussing symptoms at length with the child, parents, and teachers and observing the child's behaviors. There is not a single diagnostic test for ADHD. If you suspect your child or adolescent may meet the diagnostic criteria for this disorder, it is recommended that they be assessed by a specialist with training in the diagnosis and treatment of ADHD. There are many treatment options, so parents should work closely with everyone involved in the child’s life—healthcare providers, therapists, teachers, coaches, and other family members. Taking advantage of all the resources available will help parents guide their child towards success.
The following section includes local resources, articles and information on the diagnosis and treatment of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder.