it was not until 1902 that Sir George F. Still published aseries of lectures to the Royal College of Physicians inEngland in which he described a group of impulsive childrenwith significant behavioral problems, caused by a geneticdysfunction and not by poor child rearing—children whotoday would be easily recognized as having ADHD. Since
then, several thousand scientific papers on the disorder havebeen published, providing information on its nature, course,causes, impairments, and treatments. A child with ADHD faces a difficult but notinsurmountable task ahead. In order to achieve his or herfull potential, he or she should receive help, guidance, andunderstanding from parents, guidance counselors, and thepublic education system. This brochure offers informationon ADHD and its management, including research onmedications and behavioral interventions, as well as helpfulresources on educational options.Because ADHD often continues into adulthood, thisbrochure contains a section on the diagnosis and treatmentof ADHD in adults.
The principle characteristics of ADHD are
These symptoms appearearly in a child’s life. Because many normal children may have these symptoms, but at a low level, or the symptomsmay be caused by another disorder, it is important that thechild receive a thorough examination and appropriatediagnosis by a well qualified professional.