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attention deficit hyperactivity disorder: a condition, usually apparent in childhood but often persisting into adulthood, characterized by difficulties with executive function, lack of focus, hyperactivity, and/or impulsiveness: the three subtypes of ADHD are inattentive, hyperactive-impulsive, and combined.
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Origin of ADHD
First recorded in 1985–90
Words nearby ADHD
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I wonder what Barkley, who disputes the notion that ADHD is over-diagnosed, would have to say about it.Daydreaming Is Not a Disorder|Russell Saunders|October 4, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Though I prescribe hardly any narcotic pain medications, most ADHD medications are also Schedule II.DEA's Painkiller Crackdown Too Little, Too Late?|Russell Saunders|August 27, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Eye movements tracked in this test are involuntary, so they constitute a sound physiological marker of ADHD.How to Tell When a Scientific Study Is Total B.S.|Russell Saunders|August 22, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Girls with ADHD are significantly less likely than boys to be diagnosed with it during childhood.
For women with ADHD conforming to these problematic standards is a herculean task.
British Dictionary definitions for ADHD
attention deficit hyperactivity disorder
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Scientific definitions for ADHD
Abbreviation of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder
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