What is ADHD?
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) is a behavioural disorder that is characterised by difficulties in concentrating, being overactive and acting without thinking. If there are only symptoms of problems with paying attention and few difficulties with hyperactivity, Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD) is diagnosed. The symptoms of ADHD are present from a young age and most people are diagnosed between 6 and 12 years of age.
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) is one of the most common childhood psychiatric disorders. It was traditionally thought that the disorder resolved during late adolescence or early adulthood. However, more recent studies have found that clinical symptoms and psychosocial impairments persist and by age 25 years 15% retain the full diagnosis with a further 50% in partial remission.
Difficulties in recognising adult ADHD can arise due to differences in symptomatology across the life-span, presence of co-morbid mental health disorders, stigma or a lack of services.