Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) affects approximately 11 percent of children 4 – 17 years of age, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. It’s a persistent pattern of inattention and/or hyperactivity-impulsivity that interferes with functioning or development and can negatively impact social, academic or occupational functioning.
Dr. Mary Burns, a psychiatrist in Atlanta and a clinical assistant professor of psychiatry at Emory University, recently wrote about how summer can be an ideal time to diagnose and treat ADHD – even though many people falsely assume that the condition takes the school-free season off. She writes, “For a child coping with ADHD, the symptoms don’t just disappear when the last school bell of the year rings. These kids continue to have problems paying attention and controlling behavior.”