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All of us sometimes have difficulty sitting still, paying attention, and controlling impulsive acts. But when these problems occur so often that they get in the way of day-to-day life, they may be signs of attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). ADHD is common; on average, about 1 school-aged child in 20 has ADHD.

ADHD interferes with a child's ability to regulate activity level (hyperactivity), inhibit behaviour (impulsivity), and attend to the task at hand (inattention). It affects many areas of a child's life, including self-control of behaviour, school achievement, and development of social skills and positive relationships. It is very important to identify and treat ADHD early.

Learn the myths and facts about ADHD at AboutKidsHealth.ca