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Treatment Options for Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder

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Background: Characteristics of ADHD (1 of 3)

ADHD is a condition characterized by inattention, hyperactivity, and impulsivity. ADHD affects children of all ages, and population studies indicate that about 5% of children worldwide show impaired levels of attention and hyperactivity. There are three subtypes of ADHD: 1) predominantly inattentive, 2) predominantly hyperactive-impulsive, and 3) combined inattentive and hyperactive. Boys are classified with ADHD about twice as frequently as girls, and younger children about twice as frequently as adolescents.