Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) alone is the most commonly diagnosed neurobehavioral disorder, affecting between 5-8% of school-age children. ADHD is characterized by developmentally inappropriate levels of inattention and/or hyperactivity and impulsivity and often contributes to significant impairment in the home and school environment.
Disruptive Behavior Disorders include Oppositional Defiant Disorder (ODD) and Conduct Disorder (CD) and encompass a wide range of behaviors, including temper tantrums, physical aggression towards parents/caregivers, teachers, and/or peers, excessive argumentativeness and other forms of defiance or resistance to complying with rules and authority. Approximately 40% of children with ADHD have a co-occurring Disruptive Behavior Disorder, particularly when hyperactivity and impulsivity are involved.
Combined ADHD and disruptive behaviors often increase relationship difficulties with adults, including parents and teachers as well as with siblings and peers. Early identification and treatment can have a significant positive impact on the child’s ability to function at home and at school and lead to improved social interactions and academic success.
The Sunfield Center ADHD and Disruptive Behavior Disorders Service offers comprehensive assessment and evidence-based treatments for children and adolescents.