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ADD and ADHD - what are they?

attention; deficit; hyperactivity; disorder; behaviour; ADD; ADHD; ;

Most parents are concerned about their child's behaviour at some time during childhood. However, for some parents their child's behaviour seems to be out of control, unpredictable, and very difficult to manage much of the time. The behaviour may be causing problems with school work and with making friends.

Our community is now more aware that some children who may have been called 'bad' or 'naughty' may have Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD) or Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD).

ADD or ADHD are not the reasons for every type of difficult behaviour in children. It is important to have a proper assessment, so that the right kind of help can be given to your child.

While a teenager may have better control over his behaviour, many children do not 'grow out of' their ADD or ADHD, and they continue to have problems concentrating in high school.

To find out more have a look at:

Royal Children's Hospital (Victoria) 
http://www.rch.org.au/rch/home.cfm

Raising Children Network 
http://raisingchildren.net.au/

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The information on this site should not be used as an alternative to professional care. If you have a particular problem, see a doctor, or ring the Parent Helpline on 1300 364 100 (local call cost from anywhere in South Australia).

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