ADHD (attention deficit hyperactive disorder) is one of the most common chronic conditions affecting children today. There are many misconceptions about ADHD. For example, ADHD is not simply a case of a child behaving badly. This biological difference causes the parts of the brain that control attention and activity level to function differently. ADHD’s trademarks – persistent inattention and hyperactivity – can make daily life, for child and parents, an ongoing challenge.
Although ADHD is a lifelong condition, the right support and intervention can help your child manage symptoms and ensure he or she is not held back by this disorder.
Sarah Cheyette, M.D., is a pediatric neurologist with the Palo Alto Medical Foundation and author of “ADHD and the Focused Mind.” Here she answers some of the most common questions she hears from parents about ADHD.