What do Adam Levine, Salma Hayek, and Justin Timberlake have in common? Well, other than fame and fortune, they are all living with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD).
Here are some common question and answers to help you learn more about this condition.
Q: What is ADHD?
A: ADHD is a common condition that affects the areas of the brain that help to control impulses, solve problems, plan ahead and understand the actions of others. The most common type is when people can’t seem to sit still and pay attention.
Q: How do I know if my child has ADHD?
A: The best way to find out is take note of your child’s behavior and actions. Watch for these symptoms then talk to your child’s doctor and let him or her know what you have noticed. Does your child:
• Daydream a lot?
• Forget or lose things a lot?
• Squirm or fidget?
• Talk too much?
• Make careless mistakes or take unnecessary risks?
• Have a hard time resisting temptation?
• Have trouble taking turns?
• Have difficulty getting along with others?
Q: How long does ADHD last?
A: ADHD begins in childhood and often lasts into adulthood.
Q: How is ADHD treated?
A: Since every child is different, how they respond to a particular treatment will vary. There are several options for parents. Your child’s doctor may recommend one of the following treatments:
• Medication: Some patients have shown significant improvement, according to studies by the American Academy of Pediatrics.
• Behavioral Therapy: Combined with medication, behavioral therapy helps with a child’s coping skills and changing your child’s way of thinking.
• Psychotherapy: This can help your child understand his or her behaviors and how to cope with them.
Q: Where can I learn more about ADHD?
A: There are several reliable sources that you can find online. Here are some that will give you the most accurate and evidence-based information:
American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry
American Academy of Pediatrics
Center for Disease Control and Prevention
Child Development and Parenting Information
Children and Adults with ADHD
Institute of Mental Health
Sources: cdc.gov; aap.org; National Institute of Mental Health, U.S. Department of Education