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ADHD (attention deficit hyperactivity disorder) in children

About ADHD

Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is a common behavioural disorder in children of primary and intermediate school age.

Boys are about three times more likely than girls to be diagnosed with ADHD. The cause of this is currently not known.

Children with ADHD may have the following problems:

Of course, all children (especially younger ones) are like this at times, especially when they're anxious or excited. However, children with ADHD are much more likely to act like this than children of the same age, at home and at school.

There are many myths and opinions about ADHD. It is worth finding out things from trustworthy sources so you can help your child.

To learn more about ADHD in children, see ADHD in children from the Mental Health Foundation.

Does my child have ADHD?

If you think your child might have ADHD, make an appointment with your GP. You can learn more about the different types of ADHD, and their symptoms from the ADHD Association.

Written by HealthInfo clinical advisers. Last reviewed May 2015.

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Medications for ADHD

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