Children often can be very active when younger. However sometimes difficulties in paying attention, hyperactivity and impulsiveness where day-to-day life is impacted may be due to Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD).
Behaviours notable of ADHD include
- finding it harder to sit still and concentrate
- feeling restless and fidgety
- being easily distracted and hyperactive
- difficulties in following conversations and instructions
People with ADHD can find activities such as school, homework and social situations more difficult as can find it hard to pay attention, follow conversation or take turns.
Where to get help and support
If you feel you or your child may be showing signs of ADHD, the first step is to speak to your GP.
Where felt needed, your GP will make a referral to CAMHS who can support young people and their families with diagnosing of ADHD. While there is no cure for ADHD, CAMHS can support you with techniques and strategies to cope and manage the behaviours.