What Is ADHD?

ADHD is short for Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder. It’s a brain disorder that affects a child or teen’s ability to focus and learn. Adults can also have ADHD.

Most children are diagnosed in elementary school after a pattern of behavior develops. This may include

  • Inattentiveness - easily distracted, unorganized and forgetful
  • Hyperactivity - in constant motion, fidgeting or talking too much
  • Impulsivity - trouble taking turns or waiting, interrupting others and trouble following safety rules.

By learning all you can about ADHD, you’ll see ways to help your child move forward. Find out more.

ADHD Treatment

Your main concern is helping your child with ADHD reach their potential. A combination of medicine and behavioral therapy is usually prescribed.

ADHD Medicines
Behavioral Therapy
Several kinds of medicine are used for treatment of ADHD. The doctor will want to monitor your child closely once medicine is prescribed. See the doctor within 30 days and twice more in the following 9 months when your child: Therapy can help you and your child find positive ways to control and change behaviors. A child with ADHD can impact the entire family. Counseling can help everyone deal with stress.
  • Begins ADHD medicine
  • Switches to a new medicine or a new dose
  • Starts back on medicine after a break (like summer vacation)

What else can you do to help your child?
Small changes in how you react to your child can make a huge difference. Work on your patience and praise your child often for good behavior. Find more about what you can do.

Your child’s health care benefits cover behavioral health care. You don’t have to see your PCP before going to a specialist – like a psychologist or counselor.
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