About ADHD

ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder) is a neurodevelopmental condition which is understood to affect 3-4% of the adult population.

How can it impact people?

ADHD affects an individual’s behaviour and includes significant symptoms of inattention, hyperactivity, and impulsiveness. These symptoms will have been evident since early childhood.

INATTENTION –¬†Difficulties with inattention may include:

  • Being very easily distracting and struggling to concentrate
  • Difficulties staying organised
  • Finding it hard to manage time effectively
  • Failing to meet deadlines

HYPERACTIVITY – Difficulties with hyperactivity may include:

  • Feeling restless all the time time
  • Difficulties staying still
  • Struggling to wait your turn
  • Being impatient with others

IMPULSIVITY –¬†Difficulties with impulsivity may include:

  • Saying or doing things rashly and without thinking about the consequences
  • Unpredictable actions and behaviour.

Recognising ADHD

ADHD affects people in different ways and not everyone will display all the symptoms (or display symptoms in the same way).

Some people may receive an ADHD diagnosis as a child. Childhood behaviours may persist into adulthood but they may also change or diminish over time.

Some people learn to manage and mask their symptoms of ADHD through coping strategies over time.

Page last reviewed: 28 February, 2024