ADHD - general overview

“Stop fidgeting!”, “Calm down!”. “Sit down!”
Many parents hear themselves repeatedly saying phrases like these. Their child has trouble sitting still during dinner, while doing homework, and story time. The child is constantly moving, often seems confused and reluctant to follow instructions, and can easily be distracted.

„Normal“ or ADHD?

Most often parents are doubtful: Is their child simply lively or stressed? Is the child’s behavior just a developmental phase? Alternatively, is there something behind it? Often, but not always, ADHD triggers such symptoms. The so-called attention deficit hyperactivity disorder is one of the most common mental disorders in childhood and adolescence. According to recent studies, in Germany, about five percent of all children and adolescents 3 to 17 years of age are affected. Boys are affected approximately four times more often than girls. About 60 percent of these kids still have symptoms when they are adults.

How can parents or educators recognize whether a child who is distracted or fidgety is actually suffering from ADHD? How can we understand the behavior and foster the child’s strengths?

Manage everyday life despite ADHD

The following pages are designed to help affected families recognize symptoms of ADHD, to describe methods of diagnosis and suggest ways of therapy in childhood, adolescence, and adulthood. The earlier such a disease is treated, the better patients and their families learn to deal with this challenge and to manage their everyday lives.