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HHS HealthBeat (February 8, 2011)

Understanding ADHD

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From the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, I’m Nicholas Garlow with HHS HealthBeat.

Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder, or ADHD, makes it difficult to focus and control behaviors and impulses. It’s the most common neurobehavioral disorder of childhood.

Susanna Visser is an epidemiologist with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

“The diagnosis is more likely as children enter school age, it increases in middle school age and then decreases into adolescence.” (8 seconds)

There is no cure for the disorder, but there are medications and behavioral techniques that can relieve symptoms.

“Family counseling and skill building for school that can improve the child’s ability to relate to his or her family and friends.” (9 seconds)

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HHS HealthBeat is a production of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. I’m Nicholas Garlow.

Last revised: May 7, 2011