What is ADHD?


Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) is a brain-based, developmental disorder. Research shows that ADHD is genetically transmitted and one of the most common conditions in childhood. It is most often diagnosed in children and adolescents, although it is estimated that 8 million adults live with ADHD. Executive function* is impaired with ADHD, affecting the ability to organize, plan, and manage thoughts and actions.

Early diagnosis and treatment are extremely important.




  • Executive function is
    • Working memory - ex. holding a person's address in mind while listening to instructions about how to get there
    • Flexible thinking - the ability to think about things in a new or different way. It helps us deal with uncertainty, solve problems, adjust to changes, and incorporate new information into our plans and ideas.
    • Self-control
We use these skills every day to learn, work, and manage daily life.

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