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What is Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder?

Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is a behavioral condition in which children have difficulties paying attention and focusing on tasks. This common disorder begins in early childhood and can continue into adulthood. If not recognized and treated, it can cause problems at home, school, and work and with relationships.

 

What causes Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder?

While the exact cause is not clear, researchers have found that ADHD tends to run in families, so a genetic factor is likely. Ongoing research is focused on identifying genes that cause a person to be susceptible to ADHD.

 

What you can do if you think your child has Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder

Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder is treated with medications and behavioral therapy. Most children respond well to treatment.

Use our confidential screening tool to determine if your child may, or if you want to learn how to access treatment.

In an emergency, go to the nearest Emergency Room or call 911.