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ADHD is attention deficit disorder accompanied by impassivity and over activity Medical scientists think ADHD is caused by a chemical problem in the brain The front part of the brain helps you pay attention concentrate organize things and put breaks on impulsive or unacceptable behavior Peoples brains with ADHD may not be able to use the brains main signal senders neurotransmitters the way it is suppose to The front part of the brain has very little to do with intelligence so it is possible to be very smart and still have ADHD 3-5 of school-age children are affected by ADHD Hyperactivity is easy to spot and more boys than girls tend to be hyperactivity If one person in a family has ADHD there is a good chance that someone else in the family had or has it too Beal 10 It is best to get evaluated for ADHD as early as possible In most cases someone at school a teacher counselor or principal suggest a student be tested for ADHD The evaluations usually take time and are done in two parts First a student takes one or more of the following tests Intelligence - to help evaluate the students IQ and reasoning abilities Achievement - to find the actual grade level the student is working at Fine motor skills - to see if there are problems with the students hand-eye coordination andor writing skills Then the student is evaluated Parents are asked to describe their childs behavior over a long period of time The students teachers are asked to rate the students behavior using standardized forms and to give their personal opinion of the students schoolwork and behavior The student is asked what they think their problem is what their thoughts and feelings are and what they do at home and school When all the information from the test evaluations and observations has been combined a medical diagnosis is made A diagnosis of ADHD
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