Overview

What is Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)?

Attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is a common childhood disorder characterised by persistent and developmentally inappropriate levels of overactivity, inattention and impulsivity; a condition that can persist into adulthood.

Symptoms

What are the signs of Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)?

ADHD is defined primarily by persistent impulsivity, hyperactivity, and inattention, symptoms include:

Impulsivity: Blurting out an answer before a question is finished

Impulsivity: Blurting out an answer before a question is finished

Impulsivity: Difficulty waiting one’s turn

Impulsivity: Difficulty waiting one’s turn

Impulsivity: Interrupting or intruding on others during conversations

Impulsivity: Interrupting or intruding on others during conversations

Hyperactivity: Fidgeting with hands or feet

Hyperactivity: Fidgeting with hands or feet

Hyperactivity: Leaving one’s seat inappropriately, like during a meeting

Hyperactivity: Leaving one’s seat inappropriately, like during a meeting

Hyperactivity: Difficulty working quietly

Hyperactivity: Difficulty working quietly

Inattentive: Making careless mistakes during work

Inattentive: Making careless mistakes during work

Inattentive: Difficulty staying focused during work

Inattentive: Difficulty staying focused during work

Inattentive: Difficulty organising tasks and activities

Inattentive: Difficulty organising tasks and activities

Causes

What are the causes of Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)?

No single factor has been identified as a definitive cause of ADHD, instead it is more likely due to several factors including:

Genetics

Genetics

Environmental factors

Environmental factors

Brain injury

Brain injury

Diet

Diet

Sleep disorders, which may also be a cause of ADHD-like symptoms

Sleep disorders, which may also be a cause of ADHD-like symptoms

Diagnosis

How do I know if I have Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)?

There is no single diagnostic test for ADHD; instead, diagnosis is a process that rules out factors such as learning disabilities and anxiety, which may cause similar symptoms.

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