Most people recall a time when they had difficulty concentrating, focusing or listening. Most of us remember daydreaming in various situations, then “catching ourselves” and reminding ourselves to pay attention. These behaviors are part of normal human experience. However, some children, adolescents and adults struggle with persistent and pervasive attention problems. Over the years this difficulty has had a variety of different names and descriptions. Today it is called Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD).
For teens with a chronic illness or disability, adolescence is a combination of a special developmental period and a difficult set of challenges. Adolescence is a unique developmental time characterized by emerging independence, rapid cognitive and physical growth, and the development of an identity. Peer relationships develop a special significance during adolescence. Chronic illness and disability impose physical limitations, often require repeat medical visits, and can involve complex medical treatments.
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At Children's Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota's behavioral health program, we take the time to get to know your child even before the first visit. We understand that the key to helping your child lies in learning as much as we can about your child's individual needs and concerns.
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The behavioral health program at Children's Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota is full of experts who diagnose and treat a wide range of mental health issues in children and teens. Our psychologists and psychiatrists are leaders in their fields who are skilled at understanding kids and their problems — and helping parents understand, too.
Editor's note: This post originally was published May 18, 2010. Dr. Tim Culbert is the former medical director of Integrative Medicine at Children's Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota.