What is Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)?

ADHD stands for of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. Young people with ADHD have a tendency to act without thinking. They tend to have a high energy level, and have trouble focusing on the task before them. They usually understand what’s expected of them. But because it’s hard for them to sit still, pay attention or focus on details, they have trouble following through.

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ADHD: What Is It, Does My Child Have It, and What Can I Do About It?

Currently, we cannot diagnose ADHD with a brain scan or physical test. Instead, it is diagnosed through gathering information about a child’s behaviors from adults who have observed the child over extended periods of time.

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Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)

Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) is a condition characterized by inattention, impulsiveness and hyperactivity. Symptoms are usually noticed by the time a child starts school. Treatment of ADHD may include family or individual counseling. Medicines may also be prescribed.

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ADHD Changes in Children as They Grow and Develop

It is difficult to predict whether an individual with ADHD will experience a significant improvement in symptoms and impairment over time; but, individuals with more severe ADHD symptoms, greater impairments in functioning, family histories of ADHD and additional psychiatric diagnoses appear most at risk for continued difficulties.

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Hypnosis is a state of increased awareness. It happens when a person intensely focuses his or her attention.


Pediatricians and Subspecialists May Need to Up Their ADHD Game

Recent studies and annual surveys found that from 5 to 9 percent of grade school and high school students misused ADHD stimulants during the past year and that amphetamine misuse has been prevalent for decades.


ADHD Medications Do Not Curb Adult Height

A longitudinal study finds that children on ADHD medication do not have height deficits in adulthood. What does this mean for pediatricians?


PediaCast 283: Sleep Machines, ADHD, Teen Suicide

Topics include infant sleep machines, breastfeeding and IQ, ADHD and obesity, teen suicide, cyberbullying, gang membership and the benefits of volunteer opportunities.


PediaByte 555: ADHD and School

In this PediaByte, Dr. Mike explores how to deal with an ADHD diagnosis in school-aged children.

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Christian has been a patient at NCH Behavioral Health since he was 3-years-old. He is now 11. He loves coming to NCH for his appointments.

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Meet Makya

When Makya was born, he couldn’t breathe and kept having seizures. He was transferred to the NICU at Nationwide Children’s, where doctors found that in addition to spinal issues, he needed surgery right away.