People with attention deficit disorder (ADD) and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) have difficulties with attention and/or hyperactivity and impulsivity. They have usually experienced these difficulties since childhood although they may only be diagnosed as adults.
ADHD and ADD symptoms
ADHD symptoms include:
- Struggling with attention to details
- Difficulties completing school or work tasks
- Being fidgety, restless or hyperactive
- Talking excessively
This condition can cause problems with:
- Impulse control
- Emotional regulation
- Anger management
- Substance misuse
- Eating problems
- Sleep disorders
ADD/ADHD can also impact a person’s education, work, daily activities, relationships and quality of life.
ADHD or ADD is thought to be present in about 4-5% of the adult population and is generally under-recognised in women.
You have a greater probability of having ADHD if:
- A close family member has being diagnosed with ADHD
- You have epilepsy
- You have a neurodevelopmental disorder e.g. autism, tic disorder, a learning disability/difficulties
- You have another mental health condition
- You have a history of substance misuse or eating disorders
With the right treatment, people with ADHD can improve considerably and achieve their real potential.
If you experience the symptoms above, it would be helpful to explore an ADHD/ADD assessment. Head to our neurodevelopmental assessments page for more details.