Basic Summary for Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder


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Main name of condition: Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder
Other names or spellings: ADHD, Attention Deficit Disorder [a slightly older name now less used than ADHD.], ADD


What is Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder?
  Brief description of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder: Behavioral disorder with hyperactivity and/or inattention.
  Parent types of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder: Brain conditions, Behavioral disorders, Mental illness, Adolescent conditions, Over-diagnosed conditions, Under-diagnosed conditions, Psychological disorders, Psychiatric disorders
  Organs Affected by Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder: mental, brain
  Types of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder: Predominantly inattentive ADHD subtype, Predominantly hyperactive-impulsive ADHD subtype, Combined inattentive-hyperactive ADHD subtype
How many people get Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder?
  Prevalance of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder: 3.3 million children have ADD in USA (NHIS-97); estimated 2 million American children; 3 to 5 percent of all children (NIMH).
  Prevalance Rate of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder: approx 1 in 82 or 1.21% or 3.3 million people in USA [about data]
  Prevalance of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder: affects 3-5 percent of all American children. 1
Who gets Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder?
  Patient Profile for Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder: Typically symptoms noticed in children or adolescents; often lifelong effects.
  Gender Profile for Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder: Boys 2-3 times more than girls.
How serious is Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder?
  Prognosis of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder: There is no "cure" for ADHD. Children with the disorder seldom outgrow it; however, some may find adaptive ways to accommodate the ADHD as they mature. 1 ... Even though most people don't outgrow ADHD, people do learn to adapt and live fulfilling lives.2
  Complications of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder: see complications of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder
What causes Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder?
  Class of Condition for Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder: behavior
  Causes of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder: see causes of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder
  Risk factors for Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder: see risk factors for Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder
What are the symptoms of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder?
  Symptoms of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder: see symptoms of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder
Can anyone else get Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder?
  Inheritance: see inheritance of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder
How is it treated?
  Specialists for Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder: Psychiatrists, Psychologists, Pediatricians, Neurologists
  Treatments for Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder: see treatments for Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder
  Research for Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder: see research for Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder
Society issues for Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder
  Prescriptions for Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder: An increase of 500% in prescriptions in the USA since 1991 (Drug Enforcement Administration)

Footnotes:
1. excerpt from NINDS Attention Deficit-Hyperactivity Disorder Information Page: NINDS
2. excerpt from Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder: NIMH

Last revision: July 1, 2003

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