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ATTENTION DEFICIT/HYPERACTIVITY DISORDER (ADHD) is a chronic condition in which the core symptoms of excessive inattention, impulsivity, and hyperactivity cause significant impairment in a person's school, work, social, and home life. ADHD is a challenge for families, schools and society for many reasons.

The prevalence of ADHD in children in the United States averages between 5% and 7%, while in adults, the prevalence is around 3% to 5%.1Most of the time, ADHD does not go away and therefore lifelong management is required. ADHD has been found in countries and regions across the world, although its prevalence varies depending on geographic location.twoADHD is complicated – it usually doesn't come alone. More than two-thirds of children and adults with ADHD also have a second (comorbid) psychiatric disorder, and many have one-third.3These comorbid problems often include oppositional defiant disorder, conduct disorder, substance use disorders, anxiety, and depression. Individuals with ADHD are also more prone to learning disabilities and motor incoordination.

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ADHD strongly affects families, and ADHD runs in families. About half of all mothers with children diagnosed with ADHD have had clinical depression. Parents of children with ADHD are more likely to experience marital conflict, separation and divorce. Siblings of children with ADHD often feel mistreated and neglected, and they themselves are also at greater risk for ADHD as well as other problems. As ADHD has a strong genetic component, it is very common for families to have several children and

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