Attention Deficit Disorders (ADHD)
Although all individuals are restless and inattentive occasionally, these qualities are more severe, persistent, and impairing in children with Attention-Deficit/ Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). For a child to be diagnosed with ADHD, these behaviors must cause difficulty in multiple areas such as at home, in school, or with friends. ADHD is more prevalent in boys than girls. There are two main subtypes of ADHD: Attention Deficit Disorder-Inattentive Type and Attention Deficit Disorder-Primarily Hyperactive Type.
Three major sets of symptoms are associated with ADHD:
The child may have difficulty sustaining attention, listening, and attending to detail. Organization and study
The child may blurt out answers, often interrupt or intrude, or have difficulty waiting in school and in play situations. These characteristics frequently impede social relationships.
The child may seem to be in constant motion, fidget or squirm, often run or climb, talk excessively.