Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder
(in children and adults)
The official definition of ADHD lists
These symptoms show up in many ways.
People with ADHD may be
slow to get started on tasks
and frequently not finishing them.
At school they often do not perform as well as would be expected for their ability level and may have difficulties with classmates as well as teachers. ADHD makes it hard for young people to reach their potential but if they can find something they are interested in they can excel.
Home life can be stressful for all involved but a good understanding of the way that ADHD is involved in behaviour and reactions, can help parents to find the best way to cope and support their child and each other.
Some people may have predominantly inattentive ADHD rather than hyperactivity. This is sometimes referred to as ADD and is frequently missed in girls and women.
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Contrary to popular belief, people with ADHD do not normally grow out of it. However most are undiagnosed because ADHD in adulthood has only recently been officially recognised in the UK.
Some adults with ADHD are successful, having found the right lifestyle in which to shine.
Others have always underachieved or feel ashamed and frustrated with their own disorganisation and forgetfulness.
Many have troubled relationships at home and at work.
Depression, anxiety, problems of anger control and brushes with the law are not uncommon.