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Were you looking for information about ADHD? Attention deficet disorder is a common misspelling of attention deficit disorder.
 
Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (also known as ADHD or ADD) is one of the most frequently occurring childhood psychiatric disorders. It affects an estimated 4.1 percent of youths ages 9 to 17 in a six-month period.
 
Common symptoms include difficulty staying focused on a task, having trouble sitting still, and acting without thinking. Symptoms usually become evident in preschool or early elementary years, and can continue into adolescence and even adulthood. In many cases, the most effective treatments for ADHD include medications and behavioral therapies.
 
(Click ADHD for a detailed look at this condition, including prognosis, research into causes, and the problems that families of children with the disorder may face in trying to find proper and adequate treatment. You can also click any of the links in the box to the right for specific information.)
 
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