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.”
Read the rest of her piece in Georgia Health News.