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What Is ADHD in Children?

Learn about attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) from Dr. Kimberly Williams in this Howcast video.


So attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder, known as ADHD, occurs very frequently in children. And it's typically not diagnosed until a child is at least 7 years of age and is in school. It includes behaviors of inattention, distractibility and oppositional behavior. Oftentimes, children with ADHD have difficulties in school, they have difficulty maintaining friendships, and there's often some type of disruption or difficult behaviors that occur at home.

ADHD is not a learning disorder, but it can affect school and grade performance, because the child is highly distractible and has trouble maintaining and focusing attention at school. One of the things that I often hear parents say is, "Does my child have ADD or ADHD?" So I'd like everyone to know that ADHD, or attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder is the true name of the disorder, but your child can have an inattentive subtype. Your child can be more impulsive or hyperactive and have that type of subtype. And sometimes, children are inattentive and hyperactive.

With this information, you should recognize that there are many different symptoms of ADHD. And you should contact your clinical professional to really help you understand ADHD.

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