FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
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Are There Different Types of ADHD?
There are three main types of ADHD, which differ according to the symptoms that present most commonly. The three types are:
- ADHD, combined presentation: This is the most common type of ADHD. The person will show impulsive and hyperactive behavior, as well as getting distracted easily and struggling to maintain attention.
- ADHD, predominantly impulsive/hyperactive: This is the least common type. The person will show signs of hyperactivity and the need to move constantly, as well as displaying impulsive behavior. They do not show signs of getting distracted or inattention.
- ADHD, predominantly inattentive: People with this type of ADHD do not exhibit signs of hyperactivity or impulsivity. Instead, the person will get distracted easily and find it difficult to pay attention.
The predominantly inattentive type is the one often referred to as ADD (standing for attention deficit disorder) as the term does not contain the word "hyperactivity."
The disorder was described as ADD before the word 'hyperactivity' was added in 1987. Essentially, ADD is now an outdated way to refer to ADHD.
How do I find a doctor or mental health professional?
When seeking an evaluation or treatment for ADHD, it is important to see a qualified, licensed healthcare professional. In addition to ensuring that a particular professional has the required training, it is also important to work with a professional who has experience in dealing with this disorder.
There are several types of professionals who typically diagnose ADHD. These include: physicians (especially psychiatrists, pediatricians, neurologists), psychologists, social workers, nurse practitioners, and other licensed counselors or therapists (e.g. professional counselors, marriage and family therapists, etc.). Read more at Professional Who Diagnose and Treat ADHD.
How is ADHD diagnosed?
Edited Answer. There is no single test to diagnose ADHD. Therefore, a comprehensive evaluation is necessary to establish a diagnosis, rule out other causes, and determine the presence or absence of co-existing conditions. Such an evaluation requires time and effort and should include a careful history and a clinical assessment of the individual’s academic, social, and emotional functioning and developmental level. Read more at Diagnosing ADHD.
How long has CHADD been in existance
Chadd has been working hard for people affected by ADHD for 45 years
Is ADHD hereditary
There is evidence that ADHD is hereditary and runs in families.
What is ADHD?
Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is a chronic neurodevelopmental disorder affecting 11 percent of school-age children. Symptoms continue into adulthood in more than three-quarters of cases. ADHD is characterized by developmentally inappropriate levels of inattention, impulsivity and hyperactivity. Read more at About ADHD.
THE HISTORY OF CHADD
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CHADD has been working for people affected by ADHD for the past 45 years.
CHADD (Children and Adults with Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder) is the nation's leading non-profit organization serving individuals with AD/HD and their families. CHADD has over 16,000 members in 200 local chapters throughout the U.S. Chapters offer support for individuals, parents, teachers, professionals, and others.
CHADD is a membership organization, produces the bi-monthly Attention! magazine (for members), and sponsors an annual conference. The National Resource Center on AD/HD (NRC) is the CDC-funded national clearinghouse for evidence-based information about AD/HD.
Contact information for all local chapters is available online through the CHADD Chapter Locator.
CHADD was founded in 1987 in response to the frustration and sense of isolation experienced by parents and their children with AD/HD.