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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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 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 He was diagnosed with mood disorder and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder and prescribed psychotropic medications, assessments with which his mothers did not agree. Eliott C. Mclaughlin, CNN, "Oregon had Minnesota child abuse report before investigating Hart family," 25 Apr. 2018 Authorities have said the victim, who was 18 at the time of the attack in January 2017 and friends with one of his assailants, has schizophrenia and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. Megan Crepeau, chicagotribune.com, "Last of 4 defendants pleads guilty to beating teen with disability in livestreamed Facebook attack," 12 July 2018 Parents also reported more anxiety and depression among children across Greater Cincinnati as well as diabetes and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. Anne Saker, Cincinnati.com, "Survey: Cincinnati children dealing with asthma, ADHD more than at national level," 25 June 2018 Brayson had been diagnosed with fragile X syndrome, pervasive developmental disorder, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, impulse control disorder and dysphasia, according to records obtained by IndyStar. Marisa Kwiatkowski, Indianapolis Star, "Burns, broken bones, 11 warnings: The tragic death of Brayson Price," 31 May 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. Brittany Wallman, latimes.com, "Parkland school shooter: Typical of today's mass killers studied by FBI," 1 July 2018 This ability is often impaired in children with autism or attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). Sarah Deweerdt, Science | AAAS, "Can science-based video games help kids with autism?," 22 June 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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