Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder is sometimes called ADHD. It is a chronic condition and the most commonly diagnosed behavioral disorder among children and adolescents, and affects between 3 and 5 percent of school-aged children in a 6-month period (U. S. Department of Health and Human Services, 1999).
Children and adolescents diagnosed with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder have a difficult time controlling their behavior in school and social settings. They tend to be accident-prone as well. Many children and adolescents with this disorder may not earn high grades in school, but will have normal or above-normal intelligence.
There are three types of attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder. They are:
Inattentive type symptoms include:
Hyperactive-impulsive type symptoms include:
Combined attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder symptoms include:
When is a diagnosis of one of the attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorders made?
Source: SAMHSA's National Mental Health Information Center
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