ADHD is a common behavioral disorder that affects an estimated 8% to 10% of school-age children. Boys are about three times more likely than girls to be diagnosed with it, though it’s not yet understood why. Kids with ADHD act without thinking, are hyperactive, and have trouble focusing. They may understand what’s expected of them but have trouble following through because they can’t sit still, pay attention, or attend to details.
Of course, all kids, especially younger ones act this way at times, particularly when they’re anxious or excited. The difference with ADHD is that symptoms are present over a longer period of time and occur in different settings where they often impair a child’s ability to function socially, academically, and at home.
The good news is that with proper treatment, kids with ADHD can learn to successfully live with and manage their symptoms. Our psychologists at Ritchie & Associates are trained to assist parents of children with ADHD to better manage their children as well as providing direct assistance to the children. Please contact Ritchie & Associates so that we can help you to help yourself with ADHD.