Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)

ADHD stands for Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder, a neurodevelopmental disorder characterized by persistent patterns of inattention, hyperactivity, and impulsivity that interfere with daily functioning and developmentally inappropriate for the individual's age.

Key features of ADHD include:

Inattention: Individuals with ADHD may have difficulty sustaining attention on tasks, often making careless mistakes, having trouble organizing tasks and activities, and being easily distracted by extraneous stimuli.

Hyperactivity: Hyperactivity in ADHD manifests as excessive fidgeting, restlessness, and difficulty remaining seated in situations where it is expected, such as during classroom activities or meetings.

Impulsivity: Impulsivity refers to acting without thinking about the consequences, leading individuals with ADHD to blurt out answers, interrupt others, or engage in risky behaviors without considering potential outcomes.

    ADHD symptoms can vary in severity and presentation among individuals, and they may change over time depending on developmental stage and environmental factors. ADHD can have a significant impact on academic, social, and occupational functioning, as well as on emotional well-being and self-esteem.

    ADHD is typically diagnosed based on clinical evaluation, including a comprehensive assessment of symptoms, medical history, and behavioral observations. Treatment for ADHD often involves a multimodal approach that may include behavioral therapy, medication, education, and support for individuals and their families.

    While there is no cure for ADHD, early diagnosis and intervention can help individuals manage symptoms effectively and improve their quality of life. With appropriate support and resources, individuals with ADHD can develop strategies to overcome challenges, maximize their strengths, and achieve their full potential.

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