About ADHD

What is ADHD?

ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder) is a neurodevelopmental condition.  In the UK it is estimated that 3% of the population has ADHD.  

It is recognised that there are three key features of ADHD: inattention, hyperactivity and impulsivity. It is also widely accepted that people with ADHD are likely to have difficulties with Executive Functioning and Emotional Regulation.




Excessive talking.

Can have a short fuse.

Difficulty waiting in line or taking turns.

Problems with interrupting or intruding.

Difficulty paying attention to detail or a tendency to make what is perceived as careless errors in school or work.

Appears to not be listening.

Difficulty following instructions.

Difficulty with being organised and completing tasks.

Avoidance of tasks that require sustained mental effort.

Tendency to lose things like homework, mobile phones or house keys.


Forgetfulness in daily activities.

Fidgeting or squirming.

Difficulty remaining seated.

Excessive running or climbing.

Difficulty playing or working quietly.

Always seeming to be “on the go”.

However, it is important to remember that not everyone with ADHD is overactive.


Diagnosis of ADHD depends on a complete evaluation. The symptoms must be obvious in most areas of the individual’s life. General practitioners, paediatricians, psychologists or psychiatrists can make this assessment or arrange a referral.


Medication is often used to help with ADHD and in most cases is highly successful. Extensive studies have shown these medications to be safe and effective. They are not a cure for ADHD but can help people function better at school, at home or at work. Medication can continue to be taken for as long as it remains beneficial – it could be a few months or several years.

Children do not outgrow ADHD, although many symptoms appear to improve with maturity as people learn strategies to manage it.

Further Support

Our friends at the ADHD foundation have lots of useful information & resources – please visit their website for more info.

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