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Support group plans drive to raise ADHD awareness.

Byline: Hussam Al-Mayman

RIYADH: The Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) Support Group is planning to educate government departments, hospitals and members of the public about the need to provide help to children who suffer from the condition.

Details of the plan were revealed by Dr. Suad Al-Yamani, president of the ADHD Support Group, while speaking at the Second International Symposium on Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder at King Faisal Specialist Hospital and Research Center in Riyadh on Tuesday.

The ADHD Support Group is an organization set up to raise social awareness about the medical condition.

Speaking at the conference, Al-Yamani said the first step of the plan involves helping children with ADHD by teaching their parents how to care for them.

She further deliberated on the details of a case concerning a mother and her 15-year-old son, who suffers from ADHD and who were living on the streets as the mother did not know how to deal with her son's condition, something that caused him to trouble his grandmother.

She added that such a scenario would not occur if proper help was available and people were socially aware.

The ADHD Support Group is associated with and has the support of the American Kids Medical Academy.

The two organizations are scheduled to hold an international conference in Riyadh to discuss latest methods in caring for ADHD children from Nov. 7 to 11, 2009. They are collaborating to hold a seven-week training course for family members of children with ADHD.

The group also plans to appoint a committee to improve the medical services provided to children, and train family doctors and pediatricians.

The King Faisal Specialist Hospital is associated with the Children and Adults with Attention Deficit and Hyperactivity Disorder group (CHADD), a non-profit US organization that serves individuals with ADHD and their families and has over 16,000 members in 200 local chapters throughout the US offering support to individuals, parents and teachers.

CHADD was founded in 1987 in response to the frustration and isolation experienced by parents and their ADHD children.

ADHD is a neurobehavioral developmental disorder affecting about 3-5 percent of school-aged children with symptoms starting before seven. It is characterized by a persistent pattern of impulsiveness and inattention, with or without a component of hyperactivity.

ADHD occurs twice as commonly in boys as in girls. ADHD is generally a chronic disorder with 10 to 40 percent of individuals diagnosed in childhood continuing to meet diagnostic criteria in adulthood.

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