Psychological Assessment and Treatment of Children and Adolescents

Attention-Deficit / Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)

Attention-Deficit / Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)

ADHD is one of the most common behavioral disorders of childhood. It is usually diagnosed in childhood and often lasts into adulthood. It is thought to involve biological substances in the brain, called neurotransmitters, as well as certain regions of the brain. As such, it affects behavior, emotions, and learning. Children with ADHD may experience difficulty sustaining attention and controlling their behavior, as well as over-activity. ADHD is estimated to occur in 3-7% of the population, and it occurs more frequently in boys than girls. There are three subtypes for this disorder: Primarily Inattentive Type, Predominantly Hyperactive-Impulsive Type, and Combined Type (showing significant symptoms of inattention, hyperactivity and impulsivity).

Helpful Websites

Centers for Disease Control
National Resource Center on ADHD
American Academy of Pediatrics
National Institute of Mental Health

Books for Parents & Caregivers

Taking Charge of ADHD: The Complete, Authoritative Guide for Parents
By Russell A. Barkley

Driven to Distraction
By Edward M. Hallowell, John J. Ratey

Books for Children & Teens

Problem Solver Guide for Students with ADHD
By Harvey C. Parker


American Academy of Pediatrics Treatment Guidelines for ADHD
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (National Institute of Mental Health)