Dr. Courtney Knapp

Child & Adolescent Psychologist Serving Orange County, California


This stands for Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder and was formerly called ADD.  There are three types of ADHD — inattentive type, hyperactive-impulsive type, and combined type.  The inattentive type is characterized by careless mistakes, difficulty paying attention, not following through on instructions, poor organization, easily distracted, and being forgetful.  The hyperactive-impulsive type is characterized by fidgeting, leaving seat at inappropriate times, excessive talking, and interrupting others.  Research shows that it is often a combination of therapy and medication that best treats symptoms of ADHD.  Therapy often focuses on behavioral interventions and home and school such as behavior charts.  Providing consistency and structure is a key component.

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