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​What is ADHD?

From time to time, everyone has trouble sitting still, paying attention, or controlling impulsive behavior. For some children, adolescents, and adults, however, these behaviors interfere with daily life. This impacts life through work problems, school failure, failed relationships, etc.

Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is a neurodevelopmental disorder characterized by struggles with self-regulation of behavior:

  • Inattention (poor focus, difficulty staying on task,  problems with organization, etc.)
  • Inappropriate impulsivity (acting without thinking, interupting others, etc.)
  • Hyperactivity (in some cases), (difficulty staying seated, fidgity, feeling restless, etc.)

Many children do not “outgrow” ADHD when they reach teenage years. Hyperactive behavior often lessens, but some symptoms may continue into adulthood. Hence, early identification and treatment are extremely important. (Excerpted from Child and Adults with Attention Deficit / Hyperactivity Disorder [CHADD])

​Contact Us

If you or someone you know may have ADHD, get help today.

Call the ADHD Across the Lifespan Program at
(412) 246-6090 to request an intake packet.

ADHD Across the LifeSpan
6th Floor
100 North Belefield Avenue 
Pittsburgh, PA  15213

​Are you or a loved one in crisis?

Crisis support services for Allegheny County residents is available by calling the resolve Crisis Services at

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