AD/HD is a genetic, neurological condition that affects at least 5% to 7% of the population worldwide. It is a result of biological differences in the parts of the brain associated with paying attention, impulse control and activity level. Children and adults can have it.
Contrary to previous beliefs, children do not outgrow AD/HD. This is a lifespan condition that impacts functioning in multiple areas of life: school performance, relationships & family life, work and career performance, social life and emotional well being.
While AD/HD is biologically based, and usually present from birth, symptoms may not become problematic until the individual begins to struggle with life’s demands and expectations.
Common Features of AD/HD include significant trouble with the following:
• Difficulty maintaining attention and focus • Physical and mental restlessness • Impulsive behaviors • Forgetting and losing things • Poor organizational skills • Difficulty completing tasks • Daydreaming, “Spacing out”
• There is no “cure” for ADHD, but it can be treated and managed effectively at any point in the lifespan.
• There is no physical, biological, or genetic test for ADHD. A comprehensive evaluation is essential for an accurate diagnosis and treatment plan.