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  • Understand Long- and Short-Acting ADHD Medications

    Medication for ADHD is a lot like a pair of eyeglasses. Just as your glasses sharpen fuzzy vision, meds help your brain focus. They work as long as they’re active in the body. Some are good for a few hours, while others can last most of the day. Stimulants are the medications that most people […]

  • Simple Tips to Thrive With Adult ADHD

    When you have adult ADHD, everyday tasks can be tough to tackle. Every person has their own challenges. But along with your treatment, a few basics can help you keep symptoms in check in everyday life. To get started, think about these strategies at work, in social situations, and at home. At Work Avoid distractions. […]

  • Adult ADHD: Treatment Overview

    Many people with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) don’t know they have it until they’re adults. It was there all along, but they never got tested for it. Others have known they had it since childhood. But the symptoms — and the stress it adds to life — can change with age. For example, you might […]

  • ADHD and Hyperfocus

    Some doctors think the “d” for “deficit” doesn’t belong in ADHD. They say it isn’t that you can’t focus, but that you can’t control your focus. Sometimes your attention goes quickly from one thing to the next. Other times you can concentrate on something so hard that you lose track of everything else going on […]

  • Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) – Health Tools

    Health Tools help you make wise health decisions or take action to improve your health. Decision Points focus on key medical care decisions that are important to many health problems. ADHD: Should My Child Take Medicine for ADHD? Actionsets are designed to help people take an active role in managing a health condition. ADHD: Helping […]

  • Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) – Topic Overview

    What is attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD)? Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is a condition in which a person has trouble paying attention and focusing on tasks, tends to act without thinking, and has trouble sitting still. It may begin in early childhood and can continue into adulthood. Without treatment, ADHD can cause problems at […]

  • Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) – What Increases Your Risk

    The greatest risk factor for ADHD is having an inherited tendency for the condition. Environmental factors, such as certain parenting methods, may influence how symptoms of ADHD are expressed. But they don’t cause ADHD.

  • Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) – Treatment Overview

    Treatment of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) relies on a combination of medicines and behavior therapy. Treatment with medicine depends on the age of your child. The first step is an accurate diagnosis of ADHD and an understanding of your child’s strengths and weaknesses. Learning about ADHD will help you and your child’s siblings better […]

  • Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) – Cause

    The exact cause of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) isn’t known. But it may run in families. Ongoing research is focused on finding the genes that cause a person to be likely to get ADHD. A mother’s use of cigarettes, alcohol, or other drugs during pregnancy may increase the risk for ADHD. Also, exposure to […]

  • ADHD Drugs: How to Handle Side Effects in Kids

    The right medicine can help kids with ADHD (attention deficit hyperactivity disorder) focus so they can finish homework and other tasks. It also can help them fidget less and have better social skills. But ADHD drugs also have side effects that can be hard on kids — and their parents. It can take some trial […]

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