Individuals with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) find it unusually difficult to concentrate on tasks, pay attention, sit still, and control impulsive behavior. Many symptoms of ADHD vary depending on the individual’s age. Some exhibit mostly inattentive behaviors, others exhibit hyperactive and impulsive behaviors, and the majority of those with ADHD have a combination of both. This can make it very difficult for them to function in school and may also create conflict at home. Parents often describe their children with ADHD as daydreamers, forgetful, disorganized, and/or impatient.

Defiance and emotional outbursts are also very common in children with ADHD. Approximately 40% of these children also develop oppositional defiant disorder (ODD). Often, individuals with ADHD become defiant when expected to do things that are difficult for them, or when asked to stop an enjoyable activity. If left untreated, ADHD could result in a range of academic, social, and emotional problems.

If an individual demonstrates difficulty focusing, controlling their impulses, or following directions, it is important to obtain a careful evaluation to assess for the disorder, determine any potential co-existing issues, and develop a treatment plan.

ADHD-oriented services at BCSC: