What is ADHD?

Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is also sometimes referred to as attention deficit disorder or sometimes even just hyperactivity. It is generally divided into two types of behavioural problems:

inattentiveness
and hyperactivity and impulsiveness.

Quite often people with ADHD have problems with both inattentiveness and hyperactivity and impulsiveness, but not always. People who have problems with inattentiveness, but not with hyperactivity or impulsiveness are said to have attention deficit disorder (ADD) rather than ADHD. ADD can sometimes go undiagnosed because the symptoms may be less obvious than ADHD.

Symptoms in children are often very apparent before the age of six and they are likely to be noticed in more than one environment like home, school or other institutions.

Children with inattentiveness have a shorter attention span and are easily distracted. Because of this they can make mistakes that look like they are being careless, but they actually just can’t concentrate long enough to double check their work. It can also mean that they forget things or lose them. They are not able to stick at tasks that take a long time or are tedious. They work better if they can keep changing activities or tasks. It can also have a big affect on their ability to organise things.

Children with hyperactivity and impulsiveness are not very good at sitting still and are constantly jiggling about. They find it really difficult to concentrate on tasks and want to move around excessively and also talk a lot. They are not good at waiting for their turn and often act before they think. They interrupt conversations because they talk as thoughts pop into their heads. They lack a sense of danger, making it tricky for parents and teachers who need to remain very alert.

These issues have many implication for children with ADHD, like problems at school, relationship troubles and problems with behaviour in general.

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