Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder

One of the most common childhood-onset conditions is Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). A Centers for Disease Control study based on 2003 data indicated that 7.8% of children aged 4-17 in the U.S. have been diagnosed with ADHD and almost 15% of 16-year old boys had been diagnosed with ADHD. In a July 2008 statement, the CDC estimated that about 5% of all youth may have ADHD, a rate that will probably seem too low to those living or working in environments were the rate seems to be closer to 10%.

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Increasing Prevalence of Parent-Reported Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder Among Children — United States, 2003 and 2007
A new report from the CDC indicates 9.5% of American youth reportedly have or have had ADHD
(see pages 1439-1443 of file)

A Look at ADHD (pdf)
National Institute of Health, 2004
A 49-page booklet providing an overview of ADHD

Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder: Differential Diagnoses, Comorbidity, and Prognosis
Leslie E. Packer, PhD (last updated January 2009)

Identifying and Treating Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder: A Resource for Home and School (pdf)
U.S. Dept. of Education, 2008

Treatment of ADHD
Leslie E. Packer, PhD (last updated June 2009)
General information and answers to some of the most frequently asked questions about treating ADHD

Safety and Accident Risks in ADHD
Leslie E. Packer, PhD (1998; last updated January 2014)
Food for thought for parents and teachers

ADDults: ADHD in Adulthood
Leslie E. Packer, PhD (last updated January 2009)
An overview of the condition and some concerns that adults with the disorder may have

Mis-diagnosis and Dual Diagnosis of Gifted Children: Gifted and LD, ADHD, OCD, Oppositional Defiant Disorder (pdf)
James T. Webb, 2000

Diagnosed Attention Deficit Hyperactivity (pdf)
Prevalence and patterns compiled by the National Center for Disease Control

Experiential Exercises

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