This guide is an introduction to research on Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, and related psychological conditions.
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) is the most commonly diagnosed psychiatric condition in kids and teens. It involves significant problems maintaining attention, focusing on activities such as schoolwork, and curbing impulses generally. Such issues can be quite serious for schoolchildren, and often the symptoms continue into adulthood. It is also the most commonly studied psychological disorder, and has been a source of controversy for decades. Many people claim that it is over-diagnosed, and some believe that ADHD does not exist at all. More contentious still are the questions of what causes ADHD, and how best to treat it. Medications are commonly used, but there is a strong backlash against their use as well. There are many open questions around this disorder, and plenty of research yet to be done.