By: Karen Auslander Sep 01, 2012

What is ADHD?

It is a disorder that affects attention which can impact performance.

ADD (Attention Deficit Disorder) and ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder) and  are terms are used interchangeably to describe a neurobiological condition that affects children, adolescents and adults who consistently have challenges with impulsivity, restlessness or hyperactivity and the ability to pay attention (inattention).

Studies have shown that ADHD affects approximately 5%- 9% of children. Current science has shown that approximately 80% of those children will continue with symptoms into adolescence with at least 60% affected by ADHD symptoms into adulthood. Research shows that at least 4% of adults worldwide are affected by ADHD.

ADHD is the most treatable mental health condition. It is a disorder that affects attention which can impact performance.  With proper treatment and support, individuals with ADHD can realize their strengths, abilities and potential.

Karen Auslander is the co-founder of the Addvance Treatment Centre in Toronto, Ontario. Karen has 25+ years of business experience within the global healthcare and consumer communications areas with her areas of expertise in strategy, marketing and management. She previously served as the President of one of Canada’s largest health care focused strategic and marketing firms which gave her great insight into the health care sector at many levels both in Canada and globally.  Karen’s broad health care experience covers multiple therapeutic areas, various stakeholder groups and the health and wellness industry in general.  Karen is responsible for the overall management, communication and day-to-day operations in the centre.