Attention for ADHD: 9 Key Facts

Most kids with ADHD still have it as an adult.

"Children outgrow it only in about one third of cases," says Dr. Pearson. "Another third have mild symptoms that may surface only during times of stress; and another third have significant issues into adulthood and need to be treated consistently."

While many kids struggle with inattention and disorganization through their teen years, long-term studies show that they become less hyperactive and impulsive. As they mature, they are also more aware of how they're acting and are better able to use strategies to curb negative behaviors.

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