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ADHD stands for Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder and is often picked up when children are young and are struggling to:
Many of us go through phases where we are fidgety or find it hard to pay attention. This can be completely normal and does not mean you have ADHD.
Things normally get better as children get older, but some adults are affected all their lives. ADHD affects more boys than girls.
School or college can be difficult places for young people with ADHD. The need to concentrate is tough and they can appear as if:
So it’s important teachers know if you have ADHD. They need to know how it affects you, how it impacts your learning and what support you need.
At home you’ll probably need support and somewhere quiet to get your homework and other stuff done.
ADHD can be managed with medication and behaviour management strategies.
The symptoms of ADHD in children and adolescents are usually noticeable before the age of 6 years. Such symptoms will occur in more than 1 situation; therefore, they will occur in home and school.
Some people can have problems with inattentiveness only, therefore not have problems with hyperactivity or impulsiveness. This form of ADHD is known as Attention deficit disorder (ADD) and the symptoms of this can be less obvious.
These types of behaviour are common in most children. It becomes a problem when these characteristics are exaggerated, compared to other children of the same age, and when the behaviour affects the child’s social and school life. Often the signs will have been obvious since the child was a toddler.
If these behaviours are affecting your daily routine or making school or time at home particularly challenging then talk to someone you trust and visit your GP. There isn’t a test for ADHD and so instead a psychiatrist may talk to you about your feelings, moods and difficulties to find out the best way to help.
ADHD stands for Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder.
This is a disorder that includes symptoms which can be categorised into 2 types of problems:
ADD stands for Attention Deficit Disorder.
It has similar symptoms to ADHD, but without the hyperactivity.
The main problem for people experiencing ADD is poor concentration.
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