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ADHD: Just the facts

ADHD: Just the facts
by Tim Willert Modified: August 25, 2013 at 3:00 am •  Published: August 25, 2013
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What is ADHD?

Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, or ADHD, is a common childhood disorder that may affect some children differently. It makes it difficult for a child to focus and pay attention. Some kids may be hyperactive or have trouble being patient. ADHD can make it hard for a child to do well in school or behave at home.

Symptoms

Trouble paying attention; talking nonstop; trouble staying still; trouble controlling behavior; distracted easily; forgetful; switches quickly from activities; trouble following directions; daydreams; trouble finishing tasks; loses things; fidgets and squirms; is disruptive; runs around, touches and plays with everything, impatient, blurts out inappropriate comments, trouble controlling emotions.

Causes

No known cause. ADHD probably comes from a combination of things such as: genetics; lead; smoking and drinking during pregnancy; brain injuries; food additives.

Parent role

Give your child guidance and understanding. Provide support. Set clear rules to be followed. Punishment is not required every time rules are broken. Let your child know you can help.

Sources: Oklahoma Department of Education, special education services


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