attention deficit hyperactivity disorder

noun
variants: or

attention–deficit hyperactivity disorder

or

attention–deficit/hyperactivity disorder

Definition of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder

  1. :  attention deficit disorder —abbreviation ADHD

First Known Use of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder

1987


Medical Dictionary

attention deficit hyperactivity disorder

noun
variants: or

attention–deficit hyperactivity disorder

or

attention–deficit/hyperactivity disorder

Medical Definition of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder

  1. :  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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