Kids who find it almost impossible to sit still. Kids who can’t seem to focus or finish tasks. Kids who are overly impulsive, who blurt out inappropriate comments and can’t wait for turns.
Whenever the topic of attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) comes up, this is what many of us picture—and for good reason. Its signature symptoms—being overly active, very impulsive and easily distracted—start early in life, often between the ages of three and six. And ADHD is one of childhood’s most common disorders.
Still, this only one side of ADHD. Doctors now know that it is more than a childhood condition—it can also be lifelong one. Though many kids outgrow ADHD, others do not. Some studies suggest, in fact, that half of all children with ADHD will go on to have full symptoms as adults. Continue reading