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ADHDAttention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) is a neurobehavioral condition with challenging and life-altering symptoms, including inattentiveness, hyperactivity and impulsiveness. Although it has been diagnosed and treated in North America, Australia and parts of Europe for many years, understanding of ADHD remains patchy in many parts of the world.

Shire has more than 20 years of experience in providing treatments for ADHD. We regularly share our expertise with physicians, patients, care givers and policymakers in order to raise awareness and broaden understanding of this condition.

Misuse and abuse of ADHD medicines

Like all prescription medicines, ADHD medicines come with potential side effects and should be used only as prescribed and under careful medical supervision.

We are committed to helping combat the misuse, abuse and diversion of these treatments. For example, we provide educational tools and support on the appropriate diagnosis of ADHD, treatment options, and proper use of medicines. We also work with external stakeholders, such as The American Academy of Family Physicians, Children and Adults with Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (CHADD), and Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education (NASPA).

ADHD Perspectives

Real people, real perspectives. Learn more about ADHD, a very real psychiatric disorder.

ADHD is characterized by a persistent pattern of inattention and/or hyperactivity/impulsivity that interferes with functioning or development and is inconsistent with age. These symptoms of ADHD occur in two or more settings, such as at work, at school, or in social settings. Nearly 50% of children with ADHD may continue to meet the criteria for the disorder in adulthood. Adults with ADHD may be inattentive, may be hyperactive or restless, and may act impulsively. Only a doctor or a trained health care professional can accurately diagnose ADHD.

ADHD-DavidSallen David Sallen

For David Sallen, receiving the diagnosis of ADHD as an adult was empowering. Learn more about David's experience with ADHD.

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Learn from a mom, Shelby Owens, about what it’s like to raise children with ADHD.

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Watch Rachel, a college student, talk about living with ADHD after receiving a diagnosis from her physician.

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Hear from the Richards family as high school student Matthew and his mother talk about ADHD.

ADHD-DrPatriciaQuinn Dr Patricia Quinn

Watch Dr. Patricia Quinn, a physician and expert, talk about the challenges facing young adults and adults with ADHD.

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