Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is the most common childhood behavioral disorder, affecting 3 to 5 percent of school-age children and 4 percent of adults. Individuals with ADHD may act quickly without thinking and interrupt others (impulsivity), fidget, have difficulty sitting still and staying on-task (hyperactivity), or daydream and get easily sidetracked (inattention). ADHD impacts school, work, friendships and daily functioning. It requires lifelong management and can be paired with depression or learning disorders.
The UC Davis MIND Institute ADHD Program is leading the field with research on the causes of ADHD and its impact on the lives of individuals, families and society. We bring hope and help to families experiencing ADHD by identifying accurate diagnostic markers and criteria and by expanding treatment options for ADHD. Our goals are to better understand and treat impulsivity.
Our mission is to prevent and reduce relapse for substance abuse, given that problems with attention and impulsivity can lead to higher rates of substance abuse. We know that those affected by ADHD have amazing potential, and it is our mission to help individuals achieve that potential.