In 2000, the American Academy of Pediatrics first published clinical recommendations for the diagnosis and evaluation of ADHD in children along with recommendations for treatment.

Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) affects the portion of the brain that manages executive functioning. Three types of ADHD have been identified:

  • Predominantly inattentive (ADD)
  • Predominantly hyperactive-impulsive
  • Combined inattentive and hyperactive-impulsive

Adults and children with ADHD may find work and classroom settings difficult. They could also have trouble maintaining interpersonal relationships. Because of this condition, students are less likely to graduate from high school and college.

ADHD is revealed through maladaptive responses such as refusal, whining, defiance and yelling.  More specifically, these behaviors occur when the demands or expectations exceed one's capacity to respond appropriately.  With children, they lack the skill, not the will.  Kids do well if they can. 

How ADHD shows up

ADHD affects people of every age, gender, IQ, religion and socioeconomic background. It is a real, brain-based medical disorder. It’s the most common childhood neurobehavioral disorder.  ADHD can profoundly affect academic achievement, well-being and social interactions of children, teens and adults. 

What is adhd?

“You will not always be as you are now.  There are no ordinary people."  C.S. Lewis

ADHD identified as a disorder

ADHD is characterized by developmentally inappropriate levels of inattention, impulsivity and in some cases hyperactivity.  To get diagnosed before the age of twelve, several noticeable inattentive or hyperactive and impulsive symptoms must be evident in two different settings (i.e. home and school).  Adults can be diagnosed at any time.  

It is largely hereditary:

  • 40% of children with ADHD have at least one parent with ADHD
  • 30% of children with ADHD have a sibling with ADHD

The rate of ADHD is:

  • 9.5% for children between 4 and 17 according to CDC, 11/2010
  • Roughly double with boys than with girls

It is a chronic disorder:

  • 30-50% continue to have symptoms into adulthood

ADHD doesn’t discriminate