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What does "attention-deficit" mean?

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The "attention-deficit" part of ADHD can make kids:

  • Unfocused and easily distracted
  • Disorganized and forgetful
  • Unable to follow through on instructions
  • Appear not to listen

SOURCES:

CDC: “Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder.”

American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry: “ODD: A Guide for Families.”

National Institute of Mental Health: “Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder.”

Mayo Clinic: “Oppositional defiant disorder (ODD).”

American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry: “Oppositional Defiant Disorder,” “Oppositional Defiant Disorder Resource Center: Frequently Asked Questions.”

Reviewed by Smitha Bhandari on October 22, 2019

SOURCES:

CDC: “Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder.”

American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry: “ODD: A Guide for Families.”

National Institute of Mental Health: “Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder.”

Mayo Clinic: “Oppositional defiant disorder (ODD).”

American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry: “Oppositional Defiant Disorder,” “Oppositional Defiant Disorder Resource Center: Frequently Asked Questions.”

Reviewed by Smitha Bhandari on October 22, 2019

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