Monday, July 15, 2013

Attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder is a mental disorder that affects an estimated 3 to 5 percent of children and adults in the United States. Dr. Edward Hill discusses this disorder, and how its diagnosed and treated, in todays 60 Second Housecall.

Dr. Hill:

Attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder is a neurodevelopmental condition that is usually diagnosed in childhood. It can last into adulthood.

Symptoms include difficulty staying focused or paying attention, excess motor activity and difficulty controlling impulsive behavior.

Although most children have these problems some of the time, the diagnosis is made when these symptoms are more severe and persistent than is expected for the childs age and developmental level.

The diagnosis of ADHD is made by evaluating the frequency and severity of several symptoms together and also whether the person is not doing as well at school or work or getting along with other people as would be expected.

Some people respond well to medication. The most common medication used is a stimulant. Some people may be helped by behavioral therapy. Neither medication nor behavior modification cure ADHD, but they do help manage the symptoms and help the person to be successful.

Sometimes hyperactivity decreases with age. Most people with ADHD can lead independent, productive lives.

For North Mississippi Medical Center, Im Dr. Edward Hill.