Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD)

ADHD is diagnosed when someone finds it hard to concentrate, can’t sit still, and sometimes does things without thinking first. The following characteristics are typical of ADHD:

  •  Attention deficit – this means you find it hard to pay attention and find it difficult to concentrate on and finish tasks.
  •  Hyperactivity – this means you’re always on the go and find it hard to sit still.
  •  Impulsivity – this means you suddenly do things without thinking about them first or find it difficult to wait your turn in games, in a conversation or in a queue.

Attention deficit disorder (ADD)

This is often diagnosed when a young person struggles with attention deficit but not the hyperactivity part.

Lots of people struggle with some of these problems some of the time and in some places. ADHD/ ADD is diagnosed when someone has had these symptoms for most of the time and in most places.

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Young Minds – ADHD
Information and advice for young people about ADHD