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What is the first step if I think my child has ADHD?

If you think that your child has attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), talk to your pediatrician. Pediatricians can guide you in ADHD diagnosis and treatment options. If you are unsure about whether you should seek help or not, consider the following: Young people with ADHD often struggle in school, especially if they do not get treated early on. They also struggle socially. Children with ADHD may be more likely to have mental health problems than other children. They may also abuse drugs and alcohol at higher rates.

These are situations that you want your child to avoid. If you feel that your child needs help, get advice as soon as possible. Early diagnosis and treatment may help your child avoid some serious problems later in life.
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