Physician Focus, December 2009: ADHD - Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder

Dr. Lynda Young and Dr. Alison Schonwald discuss ADHD and its effects on children.

Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder is one of the most common neurobehavioral disorders of childhood, affecting some 4.5 million children 5-17 years of age in the United States. In Massachusetts, nearly 10 percent of children have been diagnosed with the condition, which affects behavior, emotions, attentiveness, and learning. What causes this disorder? What are the signs a child may have it? What should parents do if they suspect their child has ADHD? And what kinds of treatments are available? Dr. Lynda Young and guest speaker Dr. Alison Schonwald answer these questions and further discuss implications of ADHD.

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