Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) is a condition which includes difficulties with attention, increased activity, and difficulties with impulsivity. Estimates show that 11 percent of school-aged children and about 4 percent of adults have ADHD. It is usually first identified when children are school-aged, although it also can be diagnosed in people of all age groups. In an average classroom of 30 children, research suggests that at least one will have ADHD.No single biological cause for ADHD has been found. But most research points to genes inherited from parents as the leading contributor to ADHD. ADHD often runs in families.
The good news is that there are safe and effective treatments for children and adolescents with ADHD. Treatment is most effective when it begins early and when intervention is individualized to the needs of the child.
The American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry (AACAP) has an online Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) Resource Center with information that may be useful to to the parents, caregivers, and families of children with ADHD.
The ADHD Resource Center includes consumer-friendly definitions, answers to frequently asked questions, clinical resources, expert videos, and abstracts from the JAACAP, Scientific Proceedings and Facts for Families information sheets, a few of which are listed below:
The ADHD Resource Center includes a section with clinical resources such as practice parameters, choices in psychotherapy treatment, medication options, ADHD rating scales, downloadable brochures, and current research and training.
The mission of American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry (AACAP) is to promote the healthy development of children, adolescents, and families through advocacy, education, and research, and to meet the professional needs of child and adolescent psychiatrists throughout their careers.
The complete list of AACAP Resource Centers follows: