Care for Kids with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)

What is Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder?

Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is a common childhood problem that makes it difficult for some kids to pay attention to things and to be calm and in charge of the way they behave. Some kids with ADHD have trouble focusing and paying attention, while others have trouble controlling their behaviors and impulses. Some kids struggle with both.

How do I know if my child has ADHD?

All kids have a lot of energy and they all have trouble being calm and quiet and paying attention sometimes, but kids with ADHD have more trouble with these things than other kids the same age.

You should talk to your child's doctor if you or your child's teacher thinks your child may have ADHD. The doctor also can refer you and your child to other health professionals who specialize working with kids who have ADHD.

How do I know if my child is getting quality ADHD care?

You and your child's doctor should work together to manage your child's ADHD. This may include your child taking medicine to help with his or her behavior and concentration. Your doctor should schedule follow-up visits to make sure that the medicine is working.

What questions should I ask my child's doctor about ADHD?