Atkins reminds parents that children with ADHD can learn to live well with their disorder. "This is a functional disorder—we’re talking about problems of living. We’re not talking about a damaged brain."
ADHD, also referred to as ADD, stands for attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. First documented in children almost 100 years ago, the disorder is characterized by inattention, impulsivity and over- or hyperactivity, says Dr. Marc Atkins, professor of psychology at the University of Illinois at Chicago. Doctors have identified three types of ADHD: inattention type, hyperactive-impulsive type and a combined type.
Liz DeCarlo is a mom and associate editor of Chicago Parent.
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