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September 15, 2010
Arlington, Va.- The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) has launched a new, interactive, online resource center to support children and adults living with attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD).
ADHD is a condition characterized by inattention, hyperactivity and impulsivity. It affects 9 percent of children ages 3-17 and is the most commonly diagnosed behavior disorder in young people.
But ADHD is not a disorder limited to children—ADHD often persists into adolescence and adulthood and is frequently not diagnosed until later years. Treatment requires a "multimodal" approach involving medical, educational, behavioral and psychological methods.
"ADHD is a condition that can impact every aspect of a person's life, including relationships, school and work," said Mike Fitzpatrick, NAMI executive director. "The earlier an individual receives treatment for ADHD, the better the outcome."
"NAMI's ADHD Resource Center tools can both help individuals manage their own illness and educate parents, caregivers, school professionals and others about the needs of children living with the condition."
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NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness) is the nation's largest grassroots mental health organization dedicated to improving the lives of individuals and families affected by mental illness. NAMI has over 1100 state and local affiliates that engage in research, education, support and advocacy.
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