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Monday, September 13, 2010

September 12-18 ADHD Awareness Week

What is Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)?

It is one of the most common mental disorders that develop in children. Children with ADHD has impaired functioning in multiple areas including home, school, and in relationships with peers. If left untreated, the disorder can have long-term adverse effects into adolescent and adulthood.

Signs and symptoms:
-Impulsiveness: a child that acts quickly without thinking first.
-Hyperactivity: a child who can't sit still, walks, runs, or climbs around when others are seated and talks when others are talking.
-Innatention: a child who daydreams, seems to be in another world or is sidetracked easily by what is gong on around him.

How is ADHD diagnosed?

If ADHD is suspected, the diagnosis should be made by a trained professional such as psychiatrist, psychologist or mental health counselor.

Treatment:

The most effective treatment is a combination of behavioral therapy and medication.
At Central Florida Mental Health Associates we are dedicated to assist you. Give us a call at 386.736.9165 for a free phone consultation.

For more in depth information about this topic go to the National Institute of Mental Health www. nimh.nih. gov

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