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Behavior Problems

Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)

ADHD is a chronic condition that affects millions of children and often persists into adulthood. Problems associated with ADHD include inattention and hyperactive, impulsive behavior. Children with ADHD may struggle with low self-esteem, troubled relationships and poor performance in school.

While treatment won’t cure ADHD, it can help a great deal with symptoms. Treatment typically involves psychological counseling, medications or both. ADHD has been called attention-deficit disorder (ADD) and hyperactivity. But ADHD is the preferred term because it describes both primary aspects of the condition: inattention and hyperactive-impulsive behavior.

While many children who have ADHD tend more toward one category than the other, most children have some combination of inattention and hyperactive-impulsive behavior. Signs and symptoms of ADHD become more apparent during activities that require focused mental effort.

In most children diagnosed with ADHD, signs and symptoms appear before the age of 7. In some children, signs of ADHD are noticeable as early as infancy. You may suspect your child’s behavior is caused by ADHD if you notice consistent inattentive or hyperactive, impulsive behavior that:

  • Lasts more than 6 months
  • Occurs in more than just one setting (typically at home and at school)
  • Regularly disrupts school, play, and other daily activities
  • Causes problems in relationships with adults and other children

A diagnosis of ADHD can be scary, and symptoms can be a challenge for parents and children alike. However, treatment can make a big difference, and the majority of children with ADHD grow up to be vibrant, active and successful adults.

We now feature Children’s Hospital Los Angeles specilists in our offices. Please request your child to be seen by a CHLA specialist in your appointment submission.

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