ADHD remains one of the most misunderstood disorders in the world. ADHD is not developmental; it is a serious medical condition which one is born with, which is why it shows itself at a young age.
Many who show periodic symptoms mistakenly think that they suffer from ADHD. However, positive diagnosis requires symptoms of inattention, hyperactivity, and impulsivity severe enough to cause impairment in the daily functioning of the person: at home, in school, in the community or in the workplace.
ADHD is a serious public health issue. Sufferers have higher rates of behavior problems and accidental injury, and are at greater risk for difficulties in academic performance and career attainment.
The U.S. Surgeon General, the American Medical Association (AMA), the American Psychiatric Association, the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry (AACAP), the American Psychological Association and the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), among others, all recognize ADHD as a serious medical condition.
ADHD is covered under the Americans with Disabilities Act.
For more information, or if you think you might have ADHD, please contact your primary care physician or your local mental health professional.
For fun, try the online ADHD test
Note: The test is not a definitive diagnosis. For diagnosis and treatment, please see your doctor.