Attention deficit hyperactivity (1692)

Key points below

What is ADHD?

Children with ADHD have problems with controlling their attention, impulses, and activity level. Having ADHD makes it hard for children to stay on task. ADHD is one of the most common chronic conditions of childhood.

What causes ADHD?

Doctors are often unable to tell what caused a child to have ADHD. A child is more likely to have ADHD if they:

What are the symptoms of ADHD?

Not all children with ADHD have the same symptoms. Their symptoms fall into three groups; mainly inattentive, mainly hyperactive and impulsive, or a combination of both groups.

Mainly inattentive children often:

Mainly hyperactive and Impulsive children often:

How can ADHD affect my child?

How can I help my child?

Ideal treatment usually includes parent training and medicine.

Parent Training

Parent training teaches parents how to deal with common struggles children with ADHD have at home and school. Training is often done by a psychologist, social worker, or mental health counselor.

At home

At school

Talk with your child’s school about a 504 plan based on their diagnosis. Some things your child may need in the plan:

Students should be allowed to:

Teachers should:


It may take time to find the right medicine and dose for your child. You can work with your child’s pediatrician, a developmental pediatrician, or child psychiatrist to figure out which medicine is best for your child.

For more information:


Call your child’s doctor, nurse, or clinic if you have any questions or concerns or if your child has special health care needs that were not covered by this information.