WHAT EXACTLY IS ADHD?

Dear Dr Betty, what is ADHD?

ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder) is a neurodevelopmental disorder characterized by inattention, distractibility, hyperactivity and impulsivity. It starts in Childhood and symptoms may persist into adulthood. The type of ADHD diagnosed depends on the most predominant set of symptoms as either predominantly Hyperactive/impulsive, predominantly Inattentive or Combined type. Many children have trouble with some of these things, but in children with ADHD, this behaviour is extreme and has a big impact on their daily lives.

With ADHD, the different parts of the brain don’t ‘talk’ to each other in a typical way. Because of this, children might have trouble thinking, learning, expressing their feelings or controlling their behaviour as well as other children of the same age.

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