Difficulty focusing. Impulsiveness. Restlessness. These are general characteristics that at one time or another can be attributed to most people. But when these traits are habitual and interfere with everyday activities and tasks, they can be signs of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, known as ADD or ADHD.
Psychologist Wes Crenshaw prefers the term ADD because most people diagnosed with the disorder don’t have hyperactivity.
Medication is often a routine treatment for children diagnosed with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD).
A recently released report by the Centers for Disease Control shows nearly 9 percent of Missouri’s children are diagnosed with ADHD and that about 80 percent of them receive prescription medication for the behavioral disorder, a rate second only to Mississippi.