What is ADHD?
- The symptoms of ADHD may reduce as the child grows and the brain matures.
- Poor parenting is not to blame for ADHD, nor is either the parent or child with ADHD lazy.
- ADHD is a disorder of executive functioning (the cognitive processes that are responsible for the cognitive control of behaviour).
- Parenting behaviour, lifestyle choices and personality style can all improve or worsen ADHD symptoms.
- Psychological support and medication can both be helpful in managing the disorder.
- Early intervention is highly recommended in the treatment of ADHD.
What causes ADHD?
What are the signs and symptoms of ADHD?
What are the symptoms of inattentive ADHD?
- Fails to give close attention to detail, makes careless mistakes
- Has difficulty in sustaining attention in tasks or activities
- Does not appear to listen when spoken to directly
- Often does not follow through on instructions or fails to complete tasks
- Often has difficulties organising tasks and activities
- Often avoids, dislikes, or is reluctant to engage in tasks that require sustained mental effort
- Often loses things necessary for tasks or activities
- Is easily distracted by extraneous stimuli
- Is often forgetful in daily activities
What are the symptoms of hyperactive-impulsive behaviour?
- Often fidgets with or taps hands or feet or squirms in seat
- Often leaves seat in situations where remaining in seat is expected
- Often runs about or climbs in situations where it is inappropriate (restlessness in adolescents and adults)
- Often unable to play or engage in leisure activities quietly
- Is often "on the go" acting as if "driven by motor"
- Often talks excessively
- Often blurts out answers before the question has been completed
- Often has difficulty waiting their turn
- Often interrupts or intrudes on others