What is ADHD?
ADHD is a neuro-developmental disorder and is the most common behavioural disorder in the UK. Many people with ADHD have a short attention span and are easily distracted.
ADHD is also called `attention deficit', ‘attention deficit disorder’ (ADD), `hyperkinetic disorder' and `hyperactivity'. The official term in the UK is hyperkinetic disorder but we are going to refer to ADHD as it is the most well-known term.
ADHD is usually identified in children between the ages of 3 and 7 years old. This is when signs become apparent, however it can go unrecognised and some people don't get a diagnosis until much later in life.
Brief Overview of Symptoms
- Short attention span. You may struggle to focus on watching an entire film.
- Being easily distracted. You may struggle to follow directions or to finish tasks.
- Fact sheetProvided by: www.legislation.gov.uk
- Fact sheetProvided by: NICE
Diagnosis and management of ADHD in children, young people and adults
- Self help toolProvided by: Youthspace
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