Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) is one of the most common neurobehavioral disorders of childhood. Typically, most symptoms appear early in life and can continue throughout adolescence and adulthood. The symptoms of ADHD — inattention, impulsivity and hyperactivity — are present to some extent in most children; however, when these symptoms are developmentally inappropriate, pervasive and persistent they can interfere with relationships, school, and work.
Although individuals with ADHD can be very successful in life, without identification and proper treatment ADHD may have serious consequences, including substance abuse, delinquency, anxiety, depression, and academic and job-related problems.
There is no single test to diagnose ADHD, and many other disorders — including anxiety disorders, depression, oppositional defiant disorder, and learning disorders — can have similar symptoms. Recognizing and treating ADHD early can lead to better outcomes for children and their families, with reduction in functional impairment later in life.
The Weill Cornell Specialty Center has faculty who specialize in the diagnosis and treatment of ADHD. A comprehensive evaluation is performed, including a careful history and a clinical assessment of the individuals academic, social and emotional functioning, and developmental level. We specialize in evidence-based treatments, pharmacotherapy, behavioral therapy, and parent education and support. At the center, treatment of ADHD is tailored to the unique needs of each individual child and family.