ADHD is a neurodevelopmental condition that is sometimes referred to as hyperkinetic disorder. It is less diagnosed in women than men, and around 3-5% of children and 2% of adults are thought to be impacted by it. In the UK, ADHD only became recognised as a valid condition in 2000, when the National Institute of Clinical Excellence released their report on the condition.

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ADHD is a neurological and behavioural condition that affects concentration and possibly impulsivity. It is often observed from a young age (3 to 7 years), but can sometimes be diagnosed in later childhood, and even adulthood. ADHD is very common in children and manifests as a difficulty in paying attention, hyperactivity, and impulsivity without considering the consequences. ADHD symptoms generally improve over time, but for some there might exist other disorders which can make things more difficult.

ADHD can be thought of as a broader spectrum for the three subtypes, which are distinguished by the symptoms that are most prevalent in the individual who experiences it.

Subtypes:

• Predominantly Inattentive: Those who experience this subtype are more likely to struggle with organisation, attention, task completion, following conversations and instructions, memory, and can become easily distracted.

• Predominantly Hyperactive-Impulsive: This individual may talk a lot and be fidgety, restless, and impulsive. In younger children this may show as very active play, for example constantly running, climbing, and jumping. The impulsivity manifests as interrupting others as waiting is difficult, taking things from them, and speaking out of turn. It is also difficult to listen to directions, and this individual may be more accident prone and suffer more injuries.

• Combined: This is when there is a combination of both subtypes and this can change over time as symptoms change.

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