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What is ADHD

Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is a condition of the brain that makes it hard for children to control their behavior. It is one of the most common chronic conditions of childhood. All children have behavior problems at times.  Children with ADHD have frequent, severe problems that interfere with their ability to live normal lives. They may find it very difficult to keep their minds on any activity for very long and are often “organizationally challenged. They often can't finish what they start. Their short attention span impeded their ability to learn with ease.  


ADHD includes 3 groups of behavior symptoms: inattention (the inability to keep one’s mind on a task for very long), hyperactivity (the inability to sit still, restlessness) and impulsivity (seeming to act or speak before one’s brain is engaged) are all aspects of ADHD. 


Diagnosis requires a careful expert evaluation by a well-trained clinician or therapist. 


Therapy and medications seem to work best in combination. Patients with diagnosed ADHD should be closely followed and evaluated to determine the effectiveness of treatment. 


At Hopkins Children's, the Divisions of Child and Adolescent PsychiatryGeneral Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine, and Neurology treat ADHD.