Attention Deficiet Disorder
Were you looking for information about ADHD? Attention deficiet disorder is a common variation of ADHD.
In 1994, ADD was renamed ADHD (attention deficit hyperactivity disorder). ADHD is a very common childhood disorder that features symptoms such as not staying focused on a task, having trouble sitting still, and acting without thinking. These symptoms usually become evident in preschool or early elementary years and can continue into adolescence and even adulthood. Boys are two to three times more likely than girls to have this condition.
In many cases, the most effective treatments for this condition include medications and behavioral therapies. A stimulant is typically the medication of choice. Examples of this type of drug include Ritalin®, Strattera®, and Adderall®. While there is no "cure" for this illness, many children are able to adapt to the challenges they face, finding a way to accommodate their ADHD symptoms as they grow older.
(To read the full eMedTV article on this topic, click ADHD. This article offers more detailed information on several aspects of the disorder, including other symptoms and an explanation of how it is diagnosed. You can also click on any of the links in the box to the right for more specific information.)