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Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder

(in children and adults)

The official definition of ADHD lists

Inattentiveness, Hyperactivity, Impulsivity

These symptoms show up in many ways.

People with ADHD often demonstrate strengths in particular areas 

including  being highly creative, original and inventive. 

They are often strong at problem-solving, 

strategic thinking, highly energetic, great fun to be around, adventurous, 

determined to success and work hard. 

However people with ADHD can encounter difficulties with being:

  • easily distracted
  • easily bored
  • disorganised
  • forgetful
  • impatient
  • slow to get started on tasks
  • frequently not finishing tasks
  • lacking self-control
  • easily upset
  • being quick tempered

ADHD in Children 

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.

For more detailed information download our Parent Information Pack .

ADHD in Adults

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.

Many  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.

For more information please see the Adult ADHD and Further Information sections of this website. You can also download our Adult ADHD Information.

Also see online course by Kings College London for up to date understanding about ADHD

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