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Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) is one of the most common childhood disorders and continues through adolescence and into adulthood.

What is Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder?

Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) is most commonly diagnosed between five and nine years of age.

Symptoms include difficulty staying focused and paying attention, difficulty controlling behaviour, and hyperactivity (over-activity). These will vary depending on the form of ADHD and it means that each person with ADHD will present as unique and they may need support in different areas.

There is no one definite known cause of ADHD but a number of factors impacting on brain structure have been identified and there is a strong genetic component. It might also be called attention-deficit disorder (ADD).

ADHD is often described as a form of neurodiversity and many adults with ADHD consider it to be positive in their work and lives; however, they will likely still have difficulties which can impact on mental health, work and relationships if strategies, adjustments and/or support are not in place.

These pages will help you better understand and support individuals with ADHD.