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Author: Center For Disease Control

ADHD: Other Concerns and Conditions

Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) often occurs with other disorders (called comorbidities of ADHD). About half of children with ADHD referred to clinics have behavioral disorders as well as ADHD. The combination of ADHD with other behavioral disorders often presents extra challenges to affected individuals, educators, and healthcare providers. Therefore, it is important for doctors to screen every child with ADHD for other disorders and problems. Difficult Peer Relationships ADHD can have many effects on a child’s development. It can make childhood friendships, or peer relationships, very difficult. These relationships contribute to children’s immediate happiness and may be very important to...

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My Child Has Been Diagnosed with ADHD: Now What?

It is understandable for parents to have concerns when their child is diagnosed with ADHD, especially about treatments. It is important for parents to remember that while ADHD can’t be cured, it can be successfully managed. There are many treatment options, so parents and doctors should work closely with everyone involved in the child’s treatment — teachers, coaches, therapists, and other family members. Taking advantage of all the resources available will help you guide your child towards success. Remember, you are your child’s strongest advocate! In most cases, ADHD is best treated with a combination of medication and behavior...

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Diagnosing ADHD

Deciding if a child has ADHD is a several step process. There is no single test to diagnose ADHD, and many other problems, like anxiety, depression, and certain types of learning disabilities, can have similar symptoms. The American Psychiatric Association’s Diagnostic and Statistical Manual-IV, Text Revision (DSM-IV-TR) is used by mental health professionals to help diagnose ADHD. This diagnostic standard helps ensure that people are appropriately diagnosed and treated for ADHD. Using the same standard across communities will help determine the prevalence and public health impact of ADHD. The criteria are presented here in modified form in order to...

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Facts About ADHD

ADHD is one of the most common neurobehavioral disorders of childhood. It is usually first diagnosed in childhood and often lasts into adulthood. children with ADHD have trouble paying attention, controlling impulsive behaviors (may act without thinking about what the result will be), and in some cases, are overly active.1 Signs and Symptoms It is normal for children to have trouble focusing and behaving at one time or another. However, children with ADHD do not just grow out of these behaviors. The symptoms continue and can cause difficulty at school, at home, or with friends. A child with ADHD...

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ADHD and Peer Relationships

Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) can have many effects on a child’s development. It can make childhood friendships, or peer relationships, very difficult. These relationships contribute to children’s immediate happiness and may be very important to their long-term development. research suggests that children with difficulty in their peer relationships, for example, being rejected by peers or not having a close friends. In some cases, children with peer problems may also be at higher risk for anxiety, behavioral and mood disorders, substance abuse and delinquency as teenagers. Parents of children with ADHD may be less likely to report that their child plays...

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