It's a condition we've all heard about, but are still learning how to treat.
October is ADHD Awareness month. ADHD is a brain-based disorder that affects children or adults. According to the National Institute of Mental Health, the disorder affects people of every age, gender, IQ, religious and socio-economic background. The CDC adds children with ADHD may have trouble paying attention, may act without thinking about what the result will be, or be overly active. Important to note, there is no single test to determine if a child has ADHD, but rather, doctors use a several step process before a diagnosis is given. This is a list of that criteria. If you have concerns or questions, you should contact your pediatrician. It's important to know, with this disorder, doctors typically work with parents and educators to come up with the best treatment plan, which may or may not include medication. Another great resource is the American Academy of Pediatrics.
To get involved, educate yourself and teach others, then share on social media using #ADHDawareness on twitter. By searching that hashtag, you'll find all kinds of information, support and events.