Attention Deficit Hyper Disorder (ADHD)
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What is ADHD?
ADHD is a brain disorder marked by inattention and/or hyperactivity-impulsivity. ADHD causes a dramatic lack of focus, learning difficulties, and behavioral problems. As random thoughts swirl wildly through their minds, teenagers with ADHD struggle to concentrate or even sit still.
While some individuals have only one symptom of ADHD, many children deal with behaviors that disrupt daily life. Nearly two-thirds of children with ADHD have at least one additional mental, emotional, or behavioral disorder.
Boys are three times more likely than girls to be diagnosed with ADHD. Teenagers with ADHD are more likely than their peers to experiment with drugs and alcohol and to display delinquent behavior.
Children who suffer from the disorder are often tormented by their inability to concentrate. Impulsive, hyperactive and distractible, they’re often lonely and unpopular in the classroom. School becomes a grim battleground of distractibility and defiance that often sets the stage for later difficulties.
Untreated ADHD has long-term effects in terms of substance abuse, accidents, occupational underachievement, and relationship difficulties. While some adults with ADHD find that their brain compensates over time, others spend their lives in a dreamy fog of loneliness and confusion.
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