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Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder. Continuity Clinic 2011. ADHD: What is it?. Mental Health Disorder

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adhd what is it
ADHD: What is it?
  • Mental Health Disorder
  • DSM IV: ADHD is a “persistent pattern of inattention and/or hyperactivity-impulsivity that is more frequent and severe than is typically observed in individuals of comparable levels of development.”
adhd prevalence
ADHD: Prevalence
  • At least 3% of US children are affected (usual quoted rates 5-8%)
  • 9.2% of males and 2.9% of females have behaviors consistent with ADHD
  • Lifelong issue
  • 60-80% of children diagnosed continue to have some symptoms into teen and adult years
  • Factors that increase risk: low birth weight, prematurity, IUGR; lead exposure, prenatal exposure to cigarettes and alcohol; genetic syndromes
adhd types
ADHD: Types
  • Predominately inattentive
  • Predominately hyperactivity/impulsivity
  • Combined type
reference
Reference
  • Anna Maria WilmsFloet, Cathy Scheiner, and Linda Grossman. Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder. Pediatrics in Review, Feb 2010; 31: 56-69