Definition Wednesday

This week’s definition: ADD and ADHD

Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is a neurobehavioral disorder that affects 3%-5% percent of all American children. There are several types of ADHD: a predominantly inattentive subtype, a predominantly hyperactive-impulsive subtype, and a combined subtype. ADHD is usually diagnosed in childhood, although the condition can continue into the adult years.

Definition source: WebMD

Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) is a condition that becomes apparent in some children in the preschool and early school years. It is hard for these children to control their behavior and/or pay attention. It is estimated that between 3 and 5 percent of children have ADHD, or approximately 2 million children in the country-regionplaceUnited States. This means that in a classroom of 25 to 30 children, it is likely that at least one will have ADHD.

Definition source: LDOnline

Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (AD/HD) is a condition affecting children and adults that is characterized by problems with attention, impulsivity, and overactivity. It affects between 3-7 percent of schoolage children, and between 2-4 percent of adults.

Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (AD/HD) is the current diagnostic label for a condition that has been recognized and studied for over a century. Over the years, it has been known by several other names inlcuding “brain damaged syndrome,” “minimal brain dysfunction (MBD),” “hyperkinetic impulsive disorder,” and “attention deficit disorder (ADD).”

Definition source: National Resource Center

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