Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder or ADHD is a neurological disorder that can begin during childhood and persist throughout adolescence and into adulthood. What is it? ADHD is a pattern of behaviour which is usually manifest in childhood, symptoms can include:
- unusually over-active
- distracted all the time, cannot stick to doing something for any length of time
- impulsive, and does things on the spur of the moment without thinking
- has great difficult in concentrating.
Many of us have at least some of these behaviours but do not have ADHD. To have the diagnosis of ADHD, these problems must be severe enough to interfere with how you get on with other people or with how you perform at work or school. The first steps to have an assessment for ADHD would be to attend your GP who will refer you onto relevant services for an assessment. Information on ADHD: Adults:
- NHS Choices: Introduction to ADHD: www.nhs.uk/conditions/attention-deficit-hyperactivity-disorder/Pages/Introduction
- NHS Choices: ADHD in Adults and Children: www.nhs.uk/Conditions/Attention-deficit-hyperactivity-disorder/Pages/Diagnosis
- Mental Health Foundation: ADHD Information: www.mentalhealth.org.uk/learning-disabilities/a-to-z/a/attention-deficit-hyperactivity-disorder-adhd
- UK Adult ADHD Network: www.ukaan.org
Children and Young People:
- NHS Choices: ADHD Symptoms in children and young people: www.nhs.uk/Conditions/Attention-deficit-hyperactivity-disorder/Pages/Symptoms
- Mental Health Foundation: Children and Young Persons ADHD: www.mentalhealth.org.uk/a-to-z/a/attention-deficit-hyperactivity-disorder-adhd
- Hyperactive Children's Support Group: www.hacsg.org.uk
- Royal College of Psychiatrists guides for parents of children and young people: www.rcpsych.ac.uk/healthadvice/parentsandyouthinfo/parentscarers/adhdhyperkineticdisorder
Kent Family Parenting Service run sessions for parents who need confidence supporting a child with ADHD for more about this go to: www.cxk.org/adults/parenting-and-family/kent-parenting-service.