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attention deficit disorder

[ə′ten·shən ¦def·ə·sət dis‚ȯr·dər]
(psychology)
A psychiatric disorder of childhood characterized by attention span problems and impulsivity.
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Childhood ADHD confers risk for future mental health difficulties," said Dr.
Although this book addresses the major social and cultural issues surrounding ADHD, the authors do not provide a direct explanation for the skyrocketing numbers of ADHD patients.
Studies following children with ADHD for up to 30 years indicate that 60 percent of children will continue to have impairing symptoms throughout adulthood.
Medications used to treat ADHD that may also cause xerostomia are antidepressants, such as desipramine, imipramine and buporpion sold as Norpramin[R], Tofranil[R] and Wellbutrin[R].
As is seen in the general population, the prevalence of ADHD in psychiatric outpatients was lower in women: 14.
8220;While once thought that mainly boys were affected by ADHD and that they would grow out of it, we know this is not true,” said Awareness Coalition Chairwoman Michele Novotni.
Taking all risk factors into account, researchers found that children with ADHD were far less likely to be breastfed in their first year of life than the children in the other groups.
Overall, women and girls may exhibit fewer of the typical symptoms associated with ADHD in boys.
If patients are diagnosed with ADHD and it is transient--if it is reactive distress that is likely to go away--do we want to identify them?
A study that used MRI to measure the volumes of brain structures found that, in comparison to children without ADHD, children with ADHD had smaller volumes of the frontal cortex, subcortical region and cerebellum; these differences persisted as the children grew older.
ADHD is often co-morbid with learning disability (2) and it would have been interesting to note how many adults had learning disability.
An ADHD child may not sleep as much as his parents would like.