ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder) is a condition which affects an individual’s behaviour, usually appearing in childhood, with symptoms that include inattentiveness, hyperactivity and impulsiveness.
If symptoms such as these begin to affect your social, personal and/or work life, you may be diagnosed with the disorder.
Research shows that genes play an important role in whether someone has ADHD, as do social and environmental factors.
In less structured environments, those with ADHD are more likely to experience mental health problems such as depression, anxiety and low self-esteem.
If you think you or your child may have ADHD and the symptoms are affecting everyday life, we recommend you see your GP.
These organisations also offer information and support:
The UK ADHD Partnership – The Partnership brings together practitioners with a wealth of experience from a range of services who are committed to raising awareness and understanding about ADHD and fostering positive outcomes. It also supports clinicians and professionals to identify and meet the needs of children and young people affected by the disorder
ADHD UK – was founded in 2020 with a mission to help those affected by ADHD – either those that have the condition or people close to them: family, friends, employers, and co-workers.
NHS guidance and resources for ADHD – Treatment for ADHD can help relieve the symptoms and make the condition much less of a problem in day-to-day life and can be treated using medicine or therapy, but a combination of both is often best.
ADHD in adults by the Royal College of Psychiatrists – this resource describes what ADHD feels like, some of the help that is available, how you can help yourself and how to help someone else who has been diagnosed with ADHD.
ADHD Foundation – The ADHD Foundation is the UK’s leading neurodiversity charity, offering a strength-based, lifespan service for the 1 in 5 of us who live with ADHD, Autism, Dyslexia, DCD, Dyscalculia, OCD, Tourette’s Syndrome and more.