Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder


Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is one of the most common childhood disorders and can continue through adolescence and adulthood. Symptoms include difficulty staying focused and paying attention, difficulty controlling behavior, and hyperactivity (over-activity).

There are different types of ADHD. That is why it’s very important to get a thorough diagnosis from a physician, psychiatrist or mental health professional. Treatments can relieve many of the disorder's symptoms, but there is no cure. With treatment, most people with ADHD can be successful in school and lead productive lives. Researchers are developing more effective treatments and interventions, and using new tools such as brain imaging, to better understand ADHD and to find more effective ways to treat and prevent it.

Fact Sheets

Attention Deficit Disorders and Adults

Links & Resources

Children and Adults with Hyperactivity Attention Deficit Disorder (CHADD) A national organization providing education, advocacy and support for individuals with ADHD.