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Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) is a neurodevelopmental disorder that affects attention, impulse control, and energy regulation. Statistics indicate that around9.8% of children and 4.4% of adults grapple with ADHD.

In children, ADHD is frequently identified during the school years, often manifesting as disruptions in the classroom or difficulties with schoolwork. Boys tend to be diagnosed more often than girls, although this does not suggest a higher likelihood of ADHD in boys.

Children displaying ADHD may exhibit distinct signs of inattention, hyperactivity, and impulsivity. Inattentiveness manifests through brief attention spans, forgetfulness, and challenges in organizing tasks. Hyperactivity and impulsiveness are characterized by restlessness, excessive talking, and impulsive actions.

ADHD can persist into adulthood and often go undiagnosed, presenting differently with symptoms like restlessness and difficulty focusing.

Other ADHD symptoms in adults can include:

  • Carelessness and lack of attention to detail

  • Poor organizational skills

  • Forgetfulness

  • Difficulty dealing with stress

  • Impatience

  • Risk-taking behavior

Diagnosing ADHD

The Ogden Clinic | Neurocare Center team utilizes tools such as in-depth interviews, insights from external sources, DSM-5 symptom checklists, standardized behavior rating scales, and additional tests as needed for diagnoses. For children, an ADHD diagnosis is considered when core symptoms emerge before age 12 and significantly impact their daily life at home and in school. Contact Ogden Clinic Neuropsychology today for an ADHD evaluation: Available for children over age 7 or adults.

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