Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder is also known in it’s abbreviated form as ADHD or AD/HD. The main behavioural symptoms ADHD describes are:
ADHD can be broken down into:
This basically means someone can present all of the major behavioural symptoms (combined) or show predominantly one of the characteristics. The term ADD was originally used to describe ‘Predominantly Inattentive Type’ (minus the ‘H’ for ‘Hyperactivity’) however it is now a term widely used (somewhat wrongly) to describe ADHD with or without Hyperactivity.
To get a diagnosis of ADHD symptoms should start before the age of seven and last more than six months. ADHD is the most commonly studied and diagnosed childhood psychiatric disorder in the UK. If you think your child may have ADHD it is important you get the correct diagnosis and we would recommend your GP be your first port of call, while your child’s school may also be able to help advise you on specialists in your area.
It is common for adolescents and adults who are affected by ADHD to develop coping mechanisms which compensate for the problems associated with ADHD.
ADHD is treated in several different ways, and while there is no ‘cure’ the condition can be managed using medication, or a combination of medications, behaviour modifications, counselling and lifestyle changes.
Today ADHD is a much-researched disorder and new findings are frequently discovered which bring hope and knowledge to this once misunderstood condition.