Understanding ADHD

Understanding ADHD 

AN OVERVIEW GUIDE OF ADHD Everybody can have difficulty sitting still, paying attention or controlling impulsive behavior once in a while. For some people, however, the problems are so pervasive and persistent that they interfere with every aspect of their life: home, academic, social and work. Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is a neurodevelopmental disorder affecting 11 percent 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.  See Guide on the National CHADD site.  

For Adults                                                                             

INFORMATION FOR ADULTS WITH ADHD Approximately 10 million adults have attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (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.  See Guide  

For Parents 

INFORMATION FOR PARENTS AND CAREGIVERS OF ADHD CHILDREN 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. Although life with your child may at times seem challenging, as a parent you can help create home and school environments that improve your child’s chances for success. See Guide  

For Educators 

INFORMATION FOR EDUCATORS ABOUT ADHD 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 rise to meet educational challenges. See Guide 

For Professionals 

INFORMATION FOR PROFESSIONALS WORKING WITH THOSE WITH ADHD 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. See Guide  

 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 HELPLINE The NRC 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. We receive inquiries from all over the United States and more than 20 countries. Our English and Spanish-speaking Health Information Specialists respond to queries Monday–Friday, 1–5pm EST. If you have a question or would like to talk to somebody about ADHD call 1.800.233.4050. 

 Find a Local CHADD Chapter 

CHADD has a nationwide network of Affiliates. We encourage you to find a group in your area, like BuxMont CHADD (Chapter #249). This is the best way to connect with local resources and find people who you can share with. We also have a number of resources for individuals who would like to form a Chapter. We can help you setup your Chapter and teach you how to grow your membership. See Guide  

This information was originally published on CHADD.org. 


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