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.
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.
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.
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.