What is ADHD?
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) is the most commonly diagnosed behavioral disorder among children, affecting somewhere between 3 and 5% of children globally. Symptoms are often recognizable before children reach the age of seven.
Boys are two times more likely to be diagnosed with ADHD than girls, and, although previously considered a disorder that only affected children, ADHD can continue throughout adulthood. Now around 30 – 50% of children diagnosed with ADHD will continue to have symptoms once they become adults.
Over time, as individuals affected by ADHD mature, they develop ways of coping with the disorder so as to compensate for their impairment, often know as coping mechanisms or strategies.