What Does ADHD Stand For?
ADHD or Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder affects both children and adults. Once known as ADD or Attention Deficit Disorder, it was renamed in 1994. What does ADHD stand for? It is a disorder where symptoms such as excessive hyperactivity, impulsive actions, restlessness and the inability to focus keep children and adults from focusing on tasks at hand. ADHD causes problems getting school work done on time because those affected have difficulty with organization skills and they also have trouble paying attention in class. Statistics show that there is 1 child in each class or approximately 2 million children in the United States with ADHD. It is noted by specialists that 60% of children with ADHD continue to experience symptoms in their as teenagers and adults, especially if they have not been diagnosed and treated during their childhood years.
Symptoms of ADHD
Parents may notice that their child has problems sitting still. They are fidgety and cause distractions at home and in school. They display rude behaviors like blurting out answers without being asked and interrupting others at the dinner table and in the classroom. Their disruptive behavior causes problems with social interactions so that other children tend to shun them. Their impulsive behavior causes them to stand out as a social outcast in school and as adults, they may have problems holding down a job. What does ADHD stand for? It often stands for trouble, especially if this person has not been diagnosed and treated. Parents often experience problems in their marriage because of their inability to compromise on disciplinary methods for the child in the family who has behavior problems. Other symptoms include the inability to concentrate and the inability to follow instructions. This person finds it difficult to sit still and they may be forgetful, often leaving their school books and school supplies at home. They have trouble getting school work done on time which explains why so many have learning disabilities. They may have problems learning to read and teens may drop out of school early because of the difficulty involved in studying and taking tests.
Statistics Regarding ADHD
The National Institute of Mental Health reports that 2 to 3% of the children in the United States have been diagnosed with ADHD. This means that approximately 2 million children have ADHD. Statistics show that more boys than girls have been diagnosed with ADHD and 40% of them have a parent who has it. Over 50% have poor listening skills which explains why approximately 25% of those with ADHD have learning disabilities. Because of the inability to concentrate, teenagers get into motor vehicle accidents 4 times more than those who don’t have ADHD. Parents are 3 times more likely to go through a divorce and the reason may be because 60% of children with ADHD have disciplinary problems. While many people don’t understand what ADHD stands for, scientists have learned more about it in the past 10 to 15 years than ever before.