What is ADHD?

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Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)

(Taken from NHS Choices)

Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is a group of behaviuoral symptoms that include inattentiveness, hyperactivity and impulsiveness


Common symptoms of ADHD include:

  • A short attention span or being easily distracted
  • Restlessness, constant fidgeting or overactivity
  • Being impulsive

ADHD can occur in people of any intellectual ability, although it is more common in people with learning difficulties. People with ADHD may also have aditional problems, such as sleep and anxiety disorders.

Symptoms of ADHD tend to be first noticed at an early age, and may become more noticeable when a child’s circumstances change, such as when they start school. Most cases are diagnosed in children between the ages of 6 and 12. Cheshire West and Chester will not accept referrals for assessment from schools until a child has reached the age of 6.

The symptoms of ADHD usaually improve with age, but many adults who are diagnosed with the condition at a young age will continue to experience problems.

Treating ADHD 

There is no cure for attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), but treatment can help relieve the symptoms and make the condition much less of a problem in day-to-day life.

ADHD can be treated using medication or therapy, but a combination of both is often the best way to treat it.

Treatment will usually be arranged by a specialist, such as a paediatrician or psychiatrist, although your condition may be monitored by your GP. 

Parent training and education programmes

If your child has ADHD, specially tailored parent training and education programmes can help you learn specific ways of talking to your child, and playing and working with them to improve their attention and behaviour. You may also be offered parent training before your child is formally diagnosed with ADHD.

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