ADHD is a disorder that affects the brain and behaviors.
There’s no known cure for ADHD, but several options can help your child manage their symptoms.
Treatments range from behavioral intervention to prescription medication.
In many cases, medication alone is an effective treatment for ADHD.
Can ADHD be cured or grown out of?
ADHD changes over time, but it’s rarely outgrown. It was once thought that children simply outgrow ADHD as they develop, mature, and age. While some kids may seem to outgrow the disorder (or no longer have symptoms that result in impairment), in most cases kids with ADHD grow up to be adults with ADHD.
Is ADHD a lifelong disorder?
ADHD is a lifetime condition, say experts, and the long-term effects of meds are uncertain. People who had ADHD diagnosed in childhood will probably have it into their adult years. About 11 percent of U.S. children age 3 to 17 have ADHD, according to 2011 figures from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Can a child with ADHD have a normal life?
Because children with ADHD have difficulty controlling this behavior, they may be labeled “bad kids” or “space cadets.” Left untreated, ADHD in some children will continue to cause serious, lifelong problems, such as poor grades in school, run-ins with the law, failed relationships, and the inability to keep a job.
How long does ADHD last?
Some formulas wear off in just 3 to 4 hours. The longest-acting stimulants can last 12 hours. Before doing a symptom check, you should know when your child last took his medication to make sure it’s in his system.