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Children's Programs - Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD)

  • Yelling out answers in class, never sitting still, losing homework assignments, keeping quiet or fighting with friends - when a child seems to lack self-control, the problem may be attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADD/AHD). ADD/AHD is one of the most common behavioral health disorders among children. It affects three to five percent of all youngsters, perhaps as many as two million American children. Without treatment, ADD continues into adolescence and adulthood, sometimes causing a lifetime of frustration.

    Symptoms of attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder fall into three categories:


    • Doesn't listen
    • Doesn't finish tasks
    • Easily distracted
    • Lack of focus/concentration
    • Cannot follow through


    • Physical - can't wait their turn, intrusive, inpatient
    • Cognitive - blurts out answers


    • Constant motion
    • Always climbing
    • Can't sit still
    • Squirming in or leaving their seat constantly

    Symptoms must be evident in at least two settings, such as home and school, in order for attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder to be diagnosed.

    What you can do to help

    If your child or loved one shows signs of ADD/AHD, don't wait for the problem to go away by itself. Get help now.

    When you need to talk to someone, turn to Belmont Behavioral Health at 1-800-220-HELP (4357) or (215) 877-2000.

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