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

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Prescription stimulants such as Adderall and Ritalin are typically given to treat attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and narcolepsy. Lilly Nguyen, Daily Pilot, "Non-prescribed stimulants may improve short-term focus but fail users in the long run, UCI researchers say," 10 Sep. 2019 Neurodiversity is the concept that people with neurological differences, such as autism, dyslexia or attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, are simply different, not diseased. Pam Kragen, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Carlsbad firm tests hiring program for workers with autism," 19 Aug. 2019 He had been diagnosed with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, obsessive compulsive disorder and autism. Megan O'matz, sun-sentinel.com, "Parkland school gunman was searched every morning at Stoneman Douglas," 26 July 2019 Those affected by attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) are clinically thought of as inattentive, hyperactive and impulsive. Caterina Gawrilow, Scientific American, "Are People with ADHD More Creative?," 11 June 2019 Lead poisoning can cause a child to experience lower IQ levels, a higher likelihood of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), and slower growth and development of the brain and nervous system, according to the Health Equity Report. Bailey Loosemore, The Courier-Journal, "Louisville kids are still at risk for lead poisoning. Here's how healthy eating can help," 25 June 2019 The newspaper quoted dozens of teachers saying that the target had forced them to withhold services from students with autism, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, dyslexia, mental illnesses, speech impairments or even blindness and deafness. Brian M. Rosenthal, New York Times, "Texas Illegally Excluded Thousands From Special Education, Federal Officials Say," 11 Jan. 2018 Cruz does not appear to have been diagnosed with any severe or psychotic mental illness, though state records indicate he was treated for depression, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder and emotional behavioral disability. Paula Mcmahon, Sun-Sentinel.com, "Parkland school shooter: Typical of today's mass killers," 30 June 2018 The lawsuit says the boy suffers from attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. Fox News, "Lawsuit: 7-year-old boy handcuffed by officer in school," 31 July 2018

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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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