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ADHD: Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder

1.5 Contact Hours
Target Audience: Nurses, healthcare professionals, and interested individuals
Purpose/Goal: The outcome of this course is for the learner to describe the extent of ADHD in the United States, the signs and symptoms of the disorder, potential causes and risk factors, diagnostic issues to consider, and traditional as well as integrative treatment options for ADHD.
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Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is an increasingly common neurodevelopmental disorder of childhood. It is usually first diagnosed in childhood and often lasts into adulthood. Children with ADHD have trouble paying attention, focusing, controlling impulsive behaviors, or they may be overly active.

Upon completion of the course, you will be able to do the following:

  • Describe the extent of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) in the United States.
  • Discuss the signs and symptoms of ADHD.
  • Identify the potential causes and risk factors for ADHD.
  • Explain the issues related to diagnosing ADHD.
  • Describe the treatment options for ADHD, including pharmacological, psychotherapy, and education.
  • Discuss integrative therapies for ADHD.

Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is a common and disabling childhood disorder. During the past several decades, a tremendous amount of research into the etiology of ADHD has been conducted. ADHD is a neurodevelopmental disorder with clinically significant functional impairment that results in higher than normal rates of unintentional injury, emergency room visits, peer problems, low self-esteem, and academic failure (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention [CDC], 2017; Hajiaghaee & Akhondzadeh, 2011; Visser et al., 2013).

In the United States, the following statistics provide an overview of this disorder:

  • As many as 5% to 12% of school-age children (ages 4 to 17 years) have this disorder, which significantly impairs social, academic, or occupational functioning (CDC, 2017; Maddigan et al., 2003; University of Maryland Medical Center, 2015). 
  • The percentage of children with an ADHD diagnosis continues to increase (CDC, 2017). 
  • The median age of ADHD diagnosis is approximately 7 years of age, but children reported by their parents as having more severe ADHD were diagnosed earlier (CDC, 2017). 
  • The prevalence of ADHD diagnosis varies substantially by state, with Nevada having the lowest incidence and Kentucky having the highest reported rates (CDC, 2017). 
  • The annual “cost of illness” of ADHD in the United States is estimated to be between $36 and $52 billion. ADHD creates a significant financial burden in medical costs and work loss for patients and family members (CDC, 2017).

The disorder can continue through adolescence and adulthood with up to two thirds of children diagnosed in childhood retaining the diagnosis into adulthood, supporting the recognition that ADHD is a chronic health condition (University of Maryland Medical Center, 2015; Visser et al., 2013).

Complete the course post exam (CE Test) with a score of 80% or greater. Complete all fields of the course evaluation form. Certificate of Completion is provided once the course post exam is passed per criteria above.

  • American Board of Managed Care Nursing
  • ANCC - American Nurses Credentialing Center
  • AOTA - American Occupational Therapy Association
  • ASWB - Association of Social Work Boards
  • California Board of Behavioral Sciences
  • California Board of Registered Nursing
  • California Department of Health, Aid, and Technician Certification Section
  • District of Columbia Board of Nursing
  • Florida Board of Nursing
  • Florida Board of Nursing - Certified Nursing Assistants
  • Florida Board of Respiratory Care
  • Florida Council of Licensed Midwifery
  • NAADAC - The National Association of Alcohol and Drug Abuse Counselors
  • NCBTMB -National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage & Bodywork
  • Florida Board of Massage Therapists
  • Florida Council of Dietetics and Nutrition


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Course Expires:

July 11, 2020

  • Cyndie Koopsen, RN, BSN, MBA, HNB-BC, RN-BC, HWNC-BC
  • Caroline Young, MPH
Jurisdictional Requirements:

Continuing education (CE) licensing requirements vary by jurisdiction, are not well defined, and may change. These CE requirements may vary in terms of the number of hours required to the types of courses that must be taken. ALLEGRA Learning Solutions, LLC recommends you contact your licensing board or accrediting organization for the latest continuing education requirements of your state or territory. Compliance with CE requirements is the responsibility of the individual health care provider. Health care providers must understand the CE requirements in their jurisdictions, and be sure they are up-to-date on any rule changes that affect their license. For further information, please see our Accreditation Information.

Accommodations for Disabilities:

Every effort will be made to accommodate your special needs. To request accommodations, please contact us.

Conflicts of Interest and Relevant Financial Relationships:

The authors/planning committee members have no conflicts of interests or relevant financial relationships to declare relevant to this activity.

Commercial Support:

No commercial support has been received for this activity.

Non-endorsement of products:

Accreditation refers to recognition of continuing nursing education only and does not imply ALLEGRA Learning Solutions, LLC approval or endorsement of any commercial product.

Off-label Use of Products:

None of the authors intend to discuss off-label uses of drugs, mechanical devices, biologics, or diagnostics not approved by the FDA for use in the United States.