ADHD Awareness Month Q&A

A healthy diet centered on fruits and vegetables is frequently recommended. Photo by Shannon Finn

By Dorie Morales

Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder is, a syndrome of disordered behavior, usually diagnosed in childhood, characterized by a persistent pattern of impulsiveness, inattentiveness, and sometimes hyperactivity that interferes with academic, occupational, or social performance.

Questions & Answers:

What are some symptoms of ADHD? Symptoms include a limited ability to focus and pay attention, impulsive behavior and hyperactivity.

Does ADHD occur more in females or males? Males — ADHD is three times more common in males than females.

What age can ADHD be diagnosed? Sometimes as early as 3 or 4 years of age; however, caution should be taken as the condition often can be misdiagnosed.

How many children have been diagnosed with ADHD? An estimate over 6 million have been diagnosed with ADHD between ages 4-17.

What foods should you eat? Eating a healthy diet centered on fruits, vegetables, whole grains, legumes (for example, beans, peas, and lentils), lean protein sources, and nuts and seeds is frequently recommended, although opinions on dietary interventions vary widely.

What daily activities should you limit? Limit distractions such as TV, computers and cell phones.

What impact does ADHD have on your career? What % of people with ADHD start their own company? Sir Richard Branson, founder of Virgin Airlines, net worth 4.2 billion; a report from Psychology Today said people with ADHD are three times more likely to start their own business than the general population.

Resources:,,,, Parenting magazine, Psychology Today

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