Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)

Welcome to Help4Kids with ADHD

Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, or ADHD, is one of the most common chronic disorders of childhood. The hyperactive/impulsive child with ADHD was first described in a German story in 1854 about a boy named "Fidgety Phil." The more distracted, inattentive child was called "Johnny Look in the Air."

ADHD has gone by a number of different names over the last 150 years. Some names that parents may have heard used to describe ADHD include "attention deficit disorder, with or without hyperactivity," "hyperkinetic syndrome," and "minimal brain dysfunction." In 1994, the name was officially changed to "attention deficit hyperactivity disorder" or ADHD.

This website was developed to help families, teachers, children, and clinicians find answers to some of their questions about ADHD. Each section is set up in a question-answer format so you can either read through all of the information in that section or look up answers to your specific questions only. We also link to national resources that have additional information you may find helpful.

All materials on this site are updated annually to keep current the new findings.

Most recent update: May 2008.

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