Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder is the 2nd most common condition is kids, according to Dr. Greg Mattingly, a physician in
St. Charles Missouri, who has led over 200 clinical trials involving ADHD and similar conditions. Mattingly says "Kids with ADHD, there's a core group of symptoms. They involve this part of the brain called the prefrontal cortex. Where it's hard to stay focused, easy to get distracted, hard to process certain parts of information. And a lot of the times you'll see other symptoms like being a little fidgety, or being a little restless. But we know that these children process information different than those without ADHD."
Mattingly also says the most important thing is being a good model for your kids. "if you’re running around with your hair on fire, kids are going to have their hair on fire. If you’re raising, your voice and yelling kids are going to yell. So if you approach things from a sense of being positive, calm, affirming your child for the positive things they are doing, and affirming yourself. Your child will model that back to you."