Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) affects about 3-5% of American children.

Symptoms generally last six months or more and cause problems at home, school or social situations. They include:

  • Inattention
  • Hyperactivity
  • Impulsivity

What are the common types of ADHD?

Inattentive ADHD is apparent when a person has:

  • Has difficulty focusing on details or makes careless mistakes
  • Can only pay attention for short periods of time
  • Struggles to listen or follow instructions
  • Is regularly disorganized or can’t keep track of belongings
  • Can’t complete tasks that demand sustained mental effort
  • Is easily distracted

Hyperactive and impulsive ADHD is likely when a person has:

  • Constant fidgeting or squirming
  • Difficulty staying seated
  • A restlessness or need to run or climb excessively
  • Trouble remaining quiet
  • Repetitive behaviors
  • Excessive talking or blurting out
  • Difficulty waiting or not wanting to take turns
  • Constantly interrupting or intruding on others

What causes ADHD? 

Causes of ADHD are often not known. Inherited or environmental factors may play a role in this condition.

Specialists at Ohio State Behavioral Health can provide a complete evaluation to determine if your child has ADHD. Treatment may include medication, therapy and even diet or lifestyle changes. Structure at home and at school is important. Parents are encouraged to learn ways in which they can support their child’s behavior.

Child and adolescent outpatient programs at Ohio State Harding Hospital can provide diagnostic and treatment support related to ADHD.

ADHD can also occur alongside other brain conditions, such as epilepsy.

Learn more about brain and spine neurological conditions at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center.