Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)

ADHD is more common in individuals with Down syndrome than it is in the general population. It’s often difficult to detect and diagnose ADHD in this population, because many of the symptoms of ADHD are also common in people with Down syndrome.

Still, it’s important to discuss any ADHD-related symptoms with the health care provider, including excessive distractibility, hyperactivity, and impulsivity. Standard medications for ADHD are generally effective in teens with Down syndrome, along with behavioral intervention, appropriate supervision, and strategies such as activity schedules and visual reminders.

Attention deficits and hyperactivity are part of the behaviors normally associated with Down syndrome, and medications are not appropriate for these individuals.