ADHD | Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder
People often think that ADHD only affects children. While ADHD can begin in childhood, it can continue through adolescence and into adulthood. See your primary care provider about getting an evaluation and care from a provider.
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What is ADHD?
ADHD affects a person's ability to focus and pay attention. ADHD also can cause hyperactivity, anxiety and impulsivity. ADHD can affect people differently. Some people with ADHD say things without thinking or have issues with organization or sitting still. ADHD can be mild, moderate or severe.
There is no one test to diagnose ADHD. Patients are evaluated by clinicians reviewing various contributing factors and establishing a unique treatment plan.
There are many ADHD symptoms that may change over time. People with ADHD may experience less hyperactivity or impulsivity as they get older. Symptoms include:
- Trouble paying attention
- Getting anxious easily
- Trouble keeping track of things
- Trouble controlling emotions
- Trouble analyzing social settings
People with ADHD can be treated with medication and behavior therapy. Medication can help keep patients focused and calm. Behavior therapy teaches people to control their emotions and behavior. Behavior therapy can be helpful in social settings, like school and work. Medication and behavior therapy may be combined, if needed.