attention deficit hyperactivity disorder

noun
variants: or attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder or attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder

Definition of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder

: attention deficit disorder abbreviation ADHD

Examples of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Somryst, an insomnia therapy app, and EndeavorRX, the first therapy delivered as a video game for children with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, received FDA clearance earlier this year. P. Murali Doraiswamy, Scientific American, "Digital Medicine Can Diagnose and Treat What Ails You," 10 Nov. 2020 Miles said her two children were diagnosed with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, but trying to determine whether environmental factors may have affected their health is impossible. NBC News, "'We've been forgotten': In Newark, N.J., a toxic Superfund site faces growing climate threats," 1 Oct. 2020 Many of those children also suffered a range of illnesses, from asthma or eczema, to attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. Tatiana Sánchez, SFChronicle.com, "Does racism make us sick? Amid a national reckoning, the question gains new importance," 24 Aug. 2020 The US Food and Drug Administration has approved the first-ever video game for attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). Alex Chaet, CNN, "Must-watch videos of the week," 19 June 2020 Jose Lira, the father of the gunman, said his son was diagnosed with schizophrenia, Asperger’s syndrome, and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, according to the Associated Press. Mica Soellner, Washington Examiner, "Officers kill suspect of California police station attack in vineyard standoff," 12 June 2020 This often involves the use of substances that cut down reaction time or improve concentration, such as Adderall, a drug originally developed to treat attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. Stefan Nicola, Bloomberg.com, "Illegal Bets, Match-Fixing, Doping: The Dark Side of Esports," 10 May 2020 Studies point to nature helping to reduce the symptoms of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, serve as a buffer to depression and anxiety, prevent or reduce obesity and myopia, and boost the immune system. Ruth A. Musgrave, National Geographic, "Playing it safe while getting cooped-up kids outside," 6 Apr. 2020 Kai Lightner of Fayetteville, North Carolina, was a 6-year-old with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder when his mother coaxed him off a flagpole and into a climbing gym. Mallika Mitra, Bloomberg.com, "Rock-Climbing’s 11-Year-Old Stars Hit Bump at Sport’s Moment of Glory," 5 May 2020

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1987, in the meaning defined above

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“Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/attention%20deficit%20hyperactivity%20disorder. Accessed 28 Nov. 2020.

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attention deficit hyperactivity disorder

noun
variants: or attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder or attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder

Medical Definition of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder

: attention deficit disorder Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder is the most common pediatric psychiatric condition, estimated to affect 2 percent to 9 percent of American children, mostly boys.— Susan Gilbert, The New York Times, 16 Sept. 1997 … the drug that has come to symbolize our particular predicaments is Ritalin, the widely prescribed treatment for attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder, or attention-deficit disorder, as it is more popularly known.— Malcolm Gladwell, The New Yorker, 15 Feb. 1999 Discoveries in neuroscience are reinforcing a growing consensus that attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), as it is officially known, is not just a set of behavior problems but a biologically based disorder of brain function.Harvard Mental Health Letter, February 2006 abbreviation ADHD

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