Attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is a behavioral condition that can affect both social interaction and academics. Parents have LOTS of questions about ADHD. The American Academy of Pediatrics offers some useful information about ADHD.
Here’s some of the AAP’s advice:
- Most children won’t outgrow ADHD. But with early treatment, ADHD can be managed so that it doesn’t interfere with a person’s adult life.
- More and more people are now being treated for ADHD, although it’s unclear why. Experts aren’t sure whether there are more cases of ADHD now, or if more cases are simply being recognized.
- While ADHD medications are effective in helping many children focus and learn, the medications have the potential for abuse and should be carefully administered, the academy says.
- There is no cure for ADHD, but researchers continue to explore the long-term effects of the condition and new methods to help manage symptoms.