Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) is a behavioural disorder which makes children hyperactive, impulsive and inattentive.
Common symptoms of ADHD include:
- A short attention span or being easily distracted
- Restlessness, constant fidgeting or over-activity
- Being impulsive
- Physical and verbal behaviours that are hard to manage
- Education and the classroom environment can be challenging and children and young people may require extra support
All children can behave in this way at times, particularly when they are anxious or excited, and this does not necessarily mean that they have ADHD. The difference with ADHD is that these symptoms occur over a long period of time and across different settings (such as when the child is at school, at home and out and about).
ADHD is estimated to affect around 2-5% of school-aged children and young people. It is more commonly diagnosed in boys than in girls, although it is not yet understood why this is.
If you have any concerns then you could talk about them with your child’s school’s Special Educational Needs Coordinator (SENDCo) or your child’s GP.
More information about ADHD can be found by following our related links on the left hand side of this page.
Often, families with children, young people and Adults with ADHD feel isolated and can find it hard to access support and help.
The Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service (CAMHS) can offer support and if required, an assessment if you believe your child or young person may be presenting with signs of ADHD. Click here to visit the CAMHS Information page.
Local support groups can be really helpful for parent/carers to talk to other parent/carers in a similar situation and to offer a listening ear/advice and support. Click here for the link to the Support for Parent Carers Information page.