Attention Deficit (Hyperactivity) Disorder (ADD / ADHD)

Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD) or Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) is a condition where characteristics such as inattentiveness, hyperactivity and impulsiveness impede an individual from performing at their best. Children and adults with ADD / ADHD display a short attention span and are often easily distracted. They can be restless, constantly fidgety or impulsive.

What’s it like having ADHD?

ADHD is usually first noticed in childhood but symptoms can often become more noticeable when the person undergoes a change of circumstances, for example a change of school.   Usually the symptoms improve with age but many adults who are diagnosed with the condition continue to experience problems in later life. Typically, adults experience difficulty sustaining attention and focus and these undermine their efforts and achievement. Holding onto information becomes a challenge and they are easily distracted by internal or external stimuli.

There is no cure for ADHD, but it can be managed with appropriate educational support, advice and support, alongside medication, if necessary.

Medication is often the first treatment offered to adults with ADHD, although psychological therapies such as cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) or Mindfulness may also help.

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