Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) is the most common reason for referral of children who present for mental health treatment. Similarly, it represents one of the most common diagnostic issues seen in school-aged children. It is characterized by significant impairment in the area(s) of attention, impulse control, and activity level. Like many other medical conditions, minor issues in these areas are seen in many children and are not considered problematic. It is only when the symptoms of ADHD are significant and interfere with a child’s function in school, home, or social situations that a diagnosis of ADHD should be made. These symptoms may result in poor academic performance, serious risk taking behavior, significant disruptive behaviors,and cause frustration for the child, their family, and school personnel. Social skills and the development of friendships may be negatively impacted by the symptoms of ADHD. »Read More