Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)

        Youngsters (and adults) suffering from ADHD are excessively impulsive, have serious trouble paying attention, and find it difficult to focus on a task. They are often oppositional and have difficulty changing tasks to do what is needed or expected. They are easily distracted and often cannot organize work or cooperate in sports. This illness is ten times more common in boys than in girls, and it typically develops by the age of three. A variety of treatments are effective for ADHD, including stimulants such as Ritalin (methylphenidate), Adderal (amphetamine salts), and others. An antidepressant, Wellbutrin (bupropion) may also be effective and can have several advantages compared to the stimulants in that it is not addictive, does not suppress growth, and generally has fewer side effects compared to the stimulants.

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