Does your child show signs of ADHD?

Local doctors are studying an investigational medication for ADHD

A local research study is looking for teens ages 13-17 with ADHD. If your child qualifies for this study, they may receive at no cost:

  • Investigational medications for ADHD
  • Study-related care and monitoring
  • Possible compensation for time and travel

At the end of the study, your teen may also qualify for a 3-month supply of an FDA-approved medication to treat ADHD in adolescents.

What is ADHD?

ADHD stands for Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder. It is one of the most common neurological disorders to affect adolescents.

It is thought that ADHD is caused by a chemical imbalance in the brain that can affect the control of activities such as learning, sleeping, and movement. As a result, teens with ADHD may have difficulty concentrating and be impulsive or unable to sit still and pay attention. There are different types of ADHD and the symptoms can vary. Below is a list of some of the common ones1.

Symptoms

Characteristics

Lack of focus

• Difficulty concentrating

• Easily distracted

Disorganized

• Problems getting organized

• Difficulty prioritizing tasks

Restlessness

• Difficulty staying still for a long time

• Fidgeting

Forgetfulness

• Difficulty with short-term memory

• Trouble remembering tasks

Lack of motivation

• Problems getting motivated to start and finish tasks

Impulsiveness

• Speaking without thinking

• Interrupting others

• Acting on impulse

Emotional control

• Difficulty managing stressful situations

• Being impatient

• Easily frustrated


Teens who have ADHD can sometimes find it distressing. It can often impact performance at school or work, cause tension in families, and make it difficult for them to relate to their peers.

1 http://www.nimh.nih.gov/health/publications/attention-deficit-hyperactivity-disorder/what-are-the-symptoms-of-adhd-in-children.shtml [accessed 11th October 2012]