Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is a condition affecting children and adults that is characterized by problems with attention, impulsivity, and overactivity.  It affects between 5-8 percent of school-aged children, and between 2-4 percent of adults.

Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is the current diagnostic label for a condition that has been recognized and studied for over a century. Over the years, it has been known by several other names, including: “brain damaged syndrome,” “minimal brain dysfunction (MBD),” “hyperkinetic impulsive disorder,” and “attention deficit disorder (ADD).”

ADHD or ADD?

“ADHD” (attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder) is the term now used for a condition which has had several names over the past hundred years. Science recognizes three subtypes of ADHD (inattentive, hyperactive-impulsive, and combined).  A diagnosis of one type or another depends on the specific symptoms (i.e. the “diagnostic criteria”) that person has.

While some individuals, including many professionals, still refer to the condition as “ADD” (attention-deficit disorder), this term is no longer in widespread use. For those who may have been diagnosed with ADD, the corresponding diagnostic category, using current terminology, would mostly likely be “ADHD, Predominantly Inattentive Type.”

This information is from the National Resource Center on ADHD, a Program of CHADD.

ADD Resources

Through their website, activities and membership benefits, Attention Deficit Disorder Resources is the doorway to new possibilities for people with ADD or ADHD. Begin with the basics, deal with the diagnosis, live an optimal life, and expand your knowledge – all on this website.

ADDitude

An online ADHD support magazine that gives insight into the minds of individuals with ADHD.

Attention Deficit Disorder Association (ADDA)

ADDA is the world’s largest organization for adults with AD/HD. Their new website has been built to meet the needs of our membership and our visitors. It reflects ADDA’s mission to provide information, resources and networking to adults with AD/HD and to the professionals who work with them.

CHADD

Specifically, CHADD works to improve the lives of people affected by ADHD through: Collaborative Leadership, Advocacy, Research, Education, and Support. Visit their website to get fact sheets, resources, information on research and more.

CHADD of Utah

CHADD is an all-volunteer organization dedicated to being your source for ADHD issues such as: school, teachers, children, adults, women, girls, work, accommodations, diagnosis, resources, family, marriage, and couples. Visit their website to obtain a list of your local “branch schedules”, community resources, frequently asked questions, suggested reading, as well as lots of various other resources.

Center for Parent Information and Resources – ADHD

The Center for Parent Information and Resources has many resources for parents of children with ADHD. Access information on the ADA, ADHD in the classroom, behavior strategies in the home, and more.

National Resource Center on ADHD (A Program of CHADD)

National Resource Center on AD/HD: A Program of CHADD , is funded through a cooperative agreement with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (AD/HD) affects how millions of children and adults function on a daily basis. The NRC was created to meet the information needs of both professionals and the general public.

Understood.org

Understood.org gives personalized recommendations and resources for individuals with ADHD. They offer resources and informative videos on a wide range of topics, and host an online chat so you can connect with parents, professionals, and individuals around the country.