Understanding ADHD


Understanding ADHD

Everyone can have difficulty sitting still, paying attention or controlling impulsive behavior once in a while. However, for some people, the problems are so pervasive and persistent that they interfere with every aspect of their life: home, school, social and work. Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is a neurodevelopmental disorder affecting 11% of school-age children. Symptoms continue into adulthood in more than three-quarters of cases. ADHD is characterized by developmentally inappropriate levels of inattention, impulsivity and hyperactivity. CHADD national provides additional information in their Guide to ADHD.  

Recursos en español

Hojas de información sobre el TDAH El Centro Nacional de Recursos del TDAH se estableció por medio de un acuerdo de cooperación con los Centros para el Control y la Prevención de Enfermedades (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, CDC), el Centro Nacional de Defectos Congénitos y Discapacidades del Desarrollo (National Center on Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities, NCBDDD), para prestar el servicio de centro nacional de coordinación de la información más reciente basada en la evidencia sobre el TDAH. La misión de Centro Nacional de Recursos es ofrecer información, educación y programas basados en la ciencia para aumentar la aceptación y reducir el estigma asociado con el TDAH; promover la salud y el bienestar de los niños y adultos con el TDAH y de sus familias; y fortalecer la capacidad de los profesionales para trabajar de manera efectiva con aquellos afectados por el TDAH. See Guide

Contact a Specialist

The National Resource Center on ADHD is the only national resource where people can receive an individualized response from a Health Information Specialist knowledgeable in the full range of issues concerning ADHD. Their English and Spanish-speaking specialists provide information, education and consultation about assessment, diagnosis, treatment and issues of health and well-being for children with ADHD and their families.

(866) 200-8098 – Monday–Friday
English – 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. EST
Hablamos Español – 1:00 to 5:00 p.m. EST

For Adults

Approximately 10 million adults have ADHD. In early adulthood, ADHD may be associated with depression, mood or conduct disorders and substance abuse. Adults with ADHD often cope with difficulties at work and in their personal and family lives related to ADHD symptoms. Many have inconsistent performance at work or in their careers; have difficulties with day-to-day responsibilities; experience relationship problems; and may have chronic feelings of frustration, guilt or blame.

CHADD national provides additional information in their adult-to-adult training, as well as an Adults Support Group.

For Parents

While ADHD is believed to be hereditary, effectively managing your child’s symptoms can affect both the severity of the disorder and development of more serious problems over time. Early intervention holds the key to positive outcomes for your child. The earlier you address your child’s problems, the more likely you will be able to prevent school and social failure and associated problems such as underachievement and poor self-esteem that may lead to delinquency or drug and alcohol abuse. Services in Bucks and Montgomery counties are provided through Bucks County Intermediate Unit and Montgomery County Intermediate Unit.

CHADD national provides additional information in their parent-to-parent training, as well as a Parent Support Group.

For Educators

ADHD can affect learning and development from a very young age. Child Find, public school systems, some private schools and even colleges and universities are required to help students with ADHD and other disabilities meet educational challenges.

CHADD National provides teacher-to-teacher training, as well as a training & video series.

For Professionals

An estimated 15 million individuals in America have ADHD. Without identification and proper treatment, ADHD may have serious consequences, including school failure, family stress and disruption, depression, problems with relationships, substance abuse, delinquency, accidental injuries and job failure. Early identification and treatment are extremely important.

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