What is Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder?

December 7, 2013

A specialist in behavior management and behavioral therapy in children and adolescents, Dr. Hollie Sobel currently works as a clinical instructor at The Family Institute at Northwestern University. A member of the Illinois Psychological Association, Dr. Hollie Sobel has extensive experience in disorders like attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD).

While it is typical for children to exhibit a degree of hyperactivity and inattention at times, children with ADHD have more severe forms of these behaviors. It can be more difficult to observe ADHD with predominantly inattentive symptoms since children with this subset of ADHD are more likely to seem to be paying attention when they’re not. On the other hand, adults can sometimes dismiss predominantly hyperactive/impulsive ADHD symptoms as disciplinary or emotional problems.

While ADHD has no known cause, scientists suggest that genetics and environmental factors, like alcohol or cigarette use, could play an important role. Other factors such as brain injuries and nutrition may also contribute to the development of ADHD.

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