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Learning about Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder

Let’s talk about Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder

Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) is a common neurodevelopmental disorder that causes attention difficulty, hyperactivity, and impulsiveness.
Approximately 1 in 20 children are affected by ADHD. While there is no cure for ADHD, there are many treatment options to manage the symptoms of ADHD including medication, psychotherapy, and psychological interventions.


Symptoms vary depending on the type and severity of ADHD. Below lists the three types of ADHD and their common symptoms:


Difficulty following instructions

Difficulty focusing

Easily distracted

Loses and/or forgets things

Lacks attention to detail, makes careless mistakes


Fails to complete tasks



Leaves seat when shouldn’t

Runs/climbs inappropriately

Talks excessively

Difficulty playing quietly

Always on the go

Blurts out responses/interrupts

Has trouble waiting turns

Combined inattentive and hyperactive:

Includes all symptoms listed above

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If you or someone you know is experiencing symptoms, check your risk by taking our attention deficit hyperactivity disorder screening.


Treatment will vary depending on the type and severity of ADHD. Most treatment include psychotherapy, medications, and other psychological interventions. Since ADHD is typically diagnosed in childhood, behavior therapy is used to teach parents skills and strategies to help their child function at school, at home, and in relationships. The goal is for children to strengthen or reinforce positive behaviors and reduce or eliminate negative or unwanted behaviors (CDC, 2022). Additional forms of psychotherapy and interventions are also available. Stimulants are the most common type of medication used to treat ADHD symptoms.

It is important to know that treatment for mental health conditions are tailored to the individual and the information presented here are just a few of the many different treatment options. Please consult with a medical provider before taking any medications.

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