Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)
Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is a behavioural disorder that includes symptoms such as inattentiveness, hyperactivity and impulsiveness. ADHD is a persistent problem that does not come and go and unlike a gaming console, it cannot be ‘switched off’ voluntarily.
Symptoms of ADHD tend to be notice at an early age, most cases are diagnosed when children are 6 to 12 years old. Although symptoms of ADHD usually improve with age, may adults who were diagnosed with the condition at a young age continue to experience problems.
Living with and treating ADHD
Although there’s no cure for ADHD, it can be managed with appropriate educational support, advice and support for parents and affected children, alongside medication, if necessary.
Medicine is often the first treatment offered to adults with ADHD, although psychological therapies such as cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) may also help.
Looking after a child with ADHD can be challenging, but it’s important to remember that they cannot help their behaviour. They may find it difficult to listen to and carry out instructions, being organised and getting ready for school on time.
Many children go through phases where they’re restless or inattentive. This is often completely normal and does not necessarily mean they have ADHD.
However, you should consider raising your concerns with your child’s teacher, their school’s special educational needs co-ordinator (SENCO) or a GP if you think their behaviour may be different from most children their age.
It’s also a good idea to speak to your GP if you’re an adult and think you may have ADHD, but were not previously diagnosed with the condition as a child.