Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)

Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) is a mental disorder which is characterized by impulsiveness, hyperactivity or a combination of the both. The prevalence of this disorder is pretty common among school going children and an estimated 3-5 percent of all children globally are affected by ADHD. The symptoms of the disorder emerge by the age of seven years.

The patients of ADHD act impulsively, are restless and have difficulty in focusing on anything, which impairs their learning ability. Quite significantly, the symptoms of ADHD are quite likely to be confused with those of other disorders, so the likelihood of misdiagnosis is pretty large. The disorder is more common among boys rather than girls. It is estimated that 3-5 percent adults live with this disorder.

Management of ADHD is possible with a combination of behavior therapy, counseling, lifestyle changes and medication.