What is ADHD?
Reactive Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) is a common behavioral disorder that affects approximately 10% of school-age children. ADHD can be classified into three types: hyperactiveimpulsive, inattentive, and combined (inattentive and hyperactive-impulsive). Children with ADHD often show signs of inattention, hyperactivity, and impulsivity. These indicators present over a long period of time and occur in different settings. ADHD impairs a children's ability to function socially, academically, and at home. Children and adolescents diagnosed with ADHD generally exhibit the following behaviors:
 
♦  Difficulty following directions
♦  Very fidgety
♦  Appear not to listen
♦  Difficulty accepting responsibility for their actions
♦  Trouble completing tasks
♦  Easily distracted
♦  Disorganization
♦  Negative attention-seeking behaviors
♦  Forgetfulness
♦  Low self-esteem and poor social skills
 
The process of diagnosing ADHD requires several steps and involves gathering information from multiple sources. The most effective form of treatment for children and adolescents with ADHD is a multidisciplinary approach. In most cases, ADHD is best treated with a combination of behavioral intervention, therapy, and medication.