Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)
What is Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)?
Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is a condition that affects people's behavior. People with ADHD can seem restless, may have trouble concentrating and may act on impulse.
What causes ADHD?
The exact causes of ADHD are unknown, although scientists believe many factors are at work. Although genetics are known to have a substantial influence on the development of ADHD, environmental variables also play a role and frequently interact with genetic predispositions. Certain disorders, such as meningitis, exposure to toxins such as lead, and poor nutrition or substance use during pregnancy are all risk factors for ADHD.
How is ADHD diagnosed?
No easy laboratory test or questionnaire can establish whether or not a person has ADHD. To analyze symptoms and determine if they satisfy the criteria for diagnosis, mental health experts conduct an evaluation and can use a range of techniques such as IQ testing, interviews, measurements of attention, rating scales, and other assessments.
What is the difference between ADD and ADHD?
ADHD has had various titles over the years, one of which is attention deficit disorder (ADD). While the phrase is no longer an established diagnosis, it is nevertheless used to characterize the condition's inattentive appearance without hyperactivity. People with this manifestation of the illness have difficulty remaining focused.