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ADHD Overview

What Is Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder?

Once diagnosed, most people respond quickly to treatment
First things first, ADHD is real: It is a neurological condition that makes it exceptionally hard for people to sit still or concentrate on important tasks, and it affects 3% to 5% of Americans—both children and adults.   Read More

Causes of ADHD

Family history, mother's habits during pregnancy seem to play a role
Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder always begins in childhood, although it is sometimes not recognized or diagnosed for many years. Scientists know that the disorder is largely genetic, although some environmental factors—such as drinking and smoking during pregnancy—seem to play a role as well.  Read More

ADHD Myths, Misconceptions, and Stigma

The condition doesn't mean laziness or bad parenting
Children with ADHD have been called troublemakers and spoiled brats, and undiagnosed adults may go through life labeled lazy or dumb. Skeptics may think, "Everyone lacks focus sometimes; you just have to push through it." But in reality, it's not that easy for ADHD patients.  Read More


Frequently Asked Questions About ADHD in Adolescents and Adults

 David W. Goodman,, MD
David W. Goodman,, MD
Director of the Adult Attention Deficit Disorder Center of Maryland
Q: My child was just diagnosed with ADHD and I notice that I have similar symptoms. Should I get checked out?

A: Yes. ADHD does run in families, and about 75% of the cause is genetic. If you have a child with ADHD, there’s a 30% to 40% chance that either parent has it. Often, this is when adults first realize they have ADHD—they’re able to finally pinpoint what’s been at the root of their lifelong difficulty of getting things done like everyone else. Read More