ADHD: Setting the record straight

October is ADHD Awareness Month, aimed at improving the lives of the many millions of children and adults across the country living with ADHD, their families, teachers, and even the professionals working with them.

ADHD stands for Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder. It is a brain disorder marked by an ongoing pattern of inattention and/or hyperactivity-impulsivity that interferes with functioning or development. While ADHD often begins in childhood, it can persist into adulthood. Early identification and treatment are extremely important.

This year’s theme for ADHD Awareness Month is “Setting the Record Straight.” The theme plays on the idea that in addition to sharing the facts and dispelling the myths about ADHD, you can help set the record straight.

ADHD is more common in males than females, and females with ADHD are more likely to have problems mostly with inattention. Without the proper treatment, ADHD can be associated with serious consequences and other issues. Learning disabilities, anxiety disorder, conduct disorder, depression, and substance abuse, are all common in people with ADHD.

While there is no cure for ADHD, treatments to help improve functioning and reduce symptoms are out there. Treatments range from medication, therapy, or even a combination of treatments. Even so, not every available treatment will work for everyone. If you or someone you love is struggling with ADHD, a clinical study may be an option.

Research study participants are seen by board-certified physicians, and no insurance is required to participate. Study-related office visits, tests, and assessments are provided at no cost to those who qualify. Reimbursement for time travel expenses is also available for qualified participants. CLICK HERE to search for ADHD research studies enrolling near you.

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