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Is ADHD real?

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According to the National Institute of Mental Health, attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder is a common disorder among children, adolescents and adults. Attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder affects approximately 9 percent of American children between the ages of 13 and 18 and approximately 4.1 percent of adults age 18 or older.

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There are three major types of ADHD: the hyperactive-impulsive type, the inattentive type and the combined type, which involves symptoms characteristic of both of the other types. The National Institute of Mental Health states that the majority of children who suffer from ADHD are diagnosed with the combined type of ADHD. ADHD often begins during childhood and sometimes progresses through adolescence and into adulthood.

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