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Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), ADHD is one of the most common neurodevelopmental disorders of childhood that persists into adulthood. Individuals with ADHD might have trouble paying attention, controlling their impulses (i.e., blurting), or managing their activity level. While all children experience these difficulties to some extent, a child with ADHD may experience these difficulties more severely and to the extent that they cause difficulties at school, at home, and/or with friends. 

Although most individuals with ADHD are diagnosed with the condition in childhood, some individuals with ADHD are first identified in high school or later, particularly if they are high achieving and previously managed their symptoms with a range of compensatory mechanisms.

There are three different subtypes of ADHD, depending on the most prevalent symptoms. However, the presentation of ADHD may change over time as well:

 

Predominantly Inattentive Presentation: Individuals have difficulties organizing or finishing tasks, paying attention to details, sustaining their attention in class and/or during conversations, managing distractions, and tracking details/plans. This subtype was historically referred to as attention deficit disorder (ADD).

 

Predominantly Hyperactive-Impulsive Presentation: The individual experiences motor hyperactivity (fidgeting) and has difficulty sitting still for long and/or when expected (e.g., in class or at dinner). The individual may feel restless and has difficulty managing their impulses, often contributing to feelings of impatience and restlessness.

 

Combined Presentation: Symptoms of the above two subtypes are equally present.

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Resources

Children and Adults with Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (CHADD)

ADDitude Magazine 

How to Explain ADHD to Kids

Duke Center for Girls & Women with ADHD

Parent to Parent Family Training on ADHD

Referrals

The Family Tree (Judy Richardson-Mahre)

ADHD Life Tools (Judy Bandy & Team)

LifeFx

Center for Living Well with ADHD

Deb Katz

Linda Taylor

Jen Hanson at Nautilus Life Coach

Jennifer Bernardi

Robin Livingston-Richter at Stigma2Strength 

Cindy Lea

Additional referrals can be found here: https://chadd.org/professional-directory/

Books for Adults

Taking Charge of ADHD

Taking Charge of Adult ADHD

Smart but Scattered

Driven to Distraction

Delivered from Distraction

Thriving with Adult ADHD

A Radical Guide for Women with ADHD

Understanding Girls with ADHD

What your ADHD Child Wishes You Knew

Books for Kids

Thriving with ADHD Workbook for Kids

Executive Functioning Workbook for Kids

Hank Zipzer Collection

Free Association: Where my Mind Goes During Science Class

Cory Stories: A Kids Book about Living with ADHD

Joey Pigza Swallowed the Key

Mrs. Gorski, I Think I Have the Wiggle Fidgets

Videos

How to ADHD Series

Failing at Normal: An ADHD Success Story

Barkley: ADHD as Intention Deficit Disorder

Barkley: This is How you Treat ADHD

Barkley: Essential Ideas for Parents of Kids with ADHD

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