For more information about ADHD, contact the following organizations or visit their Websites.

American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry

The Attention Deficit Information Support Network, Inc.
58 Prince St. Needham, MA
02492 781-455-9895

Attention Deficit Disorder Association
P.O. Box 543
Pottstown, PA 19464

Children and Adults with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (CHADD)
8181 Professional Place, Suite 150
Landover, MD 20785

Federation of Families for Mental Health
1011 King Street, Suite 420
Alexandria, VA 22314

National Information Center for Children and Youth with Disabilities
P.O. Box 1492
Washington, DC 20013

National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH)
Office of Communications
6001 Executive Boulevard, Room 8184, MSC 9663
Bethesda, MD 20892
800-615-6464 or 301-443-4513


YOUR CHILD - A Parent's Guide to What's Normal, What's Not and When to Seek Help (1998) AACAP, Harper Collins, New York.
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Children Who Can't Pay Attention (ADHD), Facts for Families #06, American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry


American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry (AACAP)

The American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry (AACAP) is the leading national professional medical association dedicated to treating and improving the quality of life for children, adolescents, and families affected by youth who suffer from mental, behavioral, or developmental disorders.

AACAP is composed of over 7,400 child and adolescent psychiatrists and other interested physicians. Its members actively research, evaluate, diagnose, and treat psychiatric disorders and pride themselves on giving direction to and responding quickly to new developments in addressing the health care needs of children and their families.

AACAP distributes information widely in a effort to promote an understanding of mental illnesses and remove the stigma associated with them; advance efforts in prevention of mental illnesses, and assure proper treatment and access to services for children and adolescents.


Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder: A Guide for Families was made possible by the efforts of many individuals who contributed their time and expertise toward producing an informative and motivational guide based on sound medical practices and solid scientific research. The producers and sponsor wish to thank all those who participated in developing this project, especially those who took part in the video.

American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry
Dr. Marilyn Benoit
Dr. Glenn Kashurba

This video and guidebook are made possible by the support of
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Reference Notes

1 Wolraich, ML, et al. Examination of DSM-IV criteria for attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder in a county-wide sample. Journal of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics 1998; 19(3):162-8.

2 Barkley, Russell A., PhD. Taking Charge of ADHD. New York: The Guildford Press, 2001, p.21.

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