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What is Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder?

Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) is a behavioural disorder consisting of symptoms such as difficulties with attention, hyperactivity and impulsive behaviour. ADHD can vary in its severity and impact, and can involve both hyperactivity, inattention, or a combination. ADHD can cause problems for the person who experiences the disorder, as well as those around the person such as caregivers, family and teachers. ADHD is believed to affect on average 2.2% of children and adolescents worldwide, although this figure varies considerably according to research studies. ADHD can affect people from any social class, ethnicity or background, although ADHD has been found to be more prevalent in individuals with a learning difficulty. ADHD is usually diagnosed between the ages of 6 and 12, although this can vary. The cause of ADHD is currently unknown, but some studies have found that it can run in families.

What are the main symptoms of ADHD?

Some of the most common signs and symptoms to look out for regarding whether someone might meet criteria for a diagnosis of ADHD include:

Inattentiveness
  • Being easily distracted
  • Struggling to pay attention for long periods of time (or any period of time)
  • Making mistakes on work
  • Forgetting things
  • Losing things
  • Difficulty listening to instructions
  • Difficulty organising themselves
  • Hyperactivity
  • Impulsive behaviour
  • Difficulties sitting still
  • Fidgeting and excessive movement
  • Difficulties concentrating
  • Difficulties waiting their turn
  • Difficulties controlling their verbal chat, including interrupting others
  • Little sense of danger or risk

When does ADHD become a problem?

Young people with ADHD can display challenging behaviour which can be difficult for caregivers and teachers to manage. The symptoms described above can result in children having difficulties in school environments as well as at home and with peers. This can result in underachievement, difficulties with friendships, and stressful home environments. However, it is really important to remember that young people with ADHD struggle to control their behaviour and need some support with this.

What treatments are available?

Young people with ADHD can display challenging behaviour which can be difficult for caregivers and teachers to manage. The symptoms described above can result in children having difficulties in school environments as well as at home and with peers. This can result in underachievement, difficulties with friendships, and stressful home environments. However, it is really important to remember that young people with ADHD struggle to control their behaviour and need some support with this.

Although there is no cure for ADHD, it can be managed extremely effectively with a range of treatments. These include:

  • Familial and educational advice and support
  • Psychoeducation
  • Behaviour therapy or Cognitive behavioural therapy
  • Social skills training
  • Medication

If you need any further support with ADHD, or would like to try one of the range of treatments above, please contact one of our clinicians for more information.

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