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What is ADHD and how is it treated?

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According to statistics from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), at least 2.4 million children between the ages of 6 and 11 suffer from Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, ADHD, a disorder that also affects nearly 400,000 children between the ages of 2 and 5.

Recent studies have been able to collect enough data to estimate that at least 75% of adults with ADHD have not yet received an official diagnosis. Therefore, it is important to know what the symptoms and available treatments are to demolish the myths around this condition. Find out what ADHD is!

What is ADHD?

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ADHD refers to Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder. It is a condition that is usually diagnosed in childhood and occurs when neurological development affects attention, focus, the ability to stay in one place and to control impulses.

ADHD is a condition that can affect the development of children and adults at school, home and the workplace, as well as in their personal relationships. However, with the appropriate treatment for their needs, those with ADHD will have a better quality of life.

ADHD symptoms


Symptoms of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder include behaviors such as: forgetting where things are or losing them, talking a lot, taking risks that seem unnecessary, and having difficulty resisting impulses or waiting for your turn.

People with ADHD also have difficulty following directions, carrying on a conversation without interrupting the other person, or sitting still for long periods of time. In situations where they must remain still, ADHD sufferers become restless. There are other symptoms, but these vary from person to person, so it is necessary to consult a doctor to receive a timely diagnosis.


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Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder cannot be prevented, nor does it have a current cure. However, an early diagnosis will help you have a better quality of life thanks to therapies and drug treatments.

Science has shown that stimulants are the best option for most cases of ADHD, since between 70% and 80% of minor patients who received these drugs showed a reduction in the symptoms associated with ADHD — attention issues and hyperactivity.

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