Updated: Apr 23
ADHD stands for Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, which is a group of behavioural symptoms that include poor attention and concentration, being overly active or hyperactive and impulsiveness.
ADHD is experienced more in boys than girls and is often diagnosed early in school.
What are the symptoms of ADHD?
If you show all symptoms of ADHD (inattentiveness, hyperactivity and impulsiveness) you may have ADHD Combined which is the most common form of ADHD.
Short attention span
Being easily distracted
Difficulty with organisation
Finding it hard to concentrate
Being forgetful or losing things
Poor listening skills
Difficulty carrying out instructions
Difficulty sitting still
No sense of danger
Acting without thinking
Problems during quiet activities
What are the causes of ADHD?
The cause of ADHD is unknown yet there are some factors that are thought to be responsible,
such as exposure to toxins during pregnancy.
If a woman smokes, drinks alcohol or takes drugs during pregnancy they are more likely to have a child that has ADHD.
It is thought that it is possible to inherit ADHD from family members. ADHD tends to run in families.
It is believed that brain chemistry plays a role in those who suffer from ADHD. It is thought that the chemicals in the brain, responsible for carrying messages, known as neurotransmitters, do not function in the same way as those without the condition.
There is no cure for ADHD yet there are treatments that are available that help lessen the symptoms of ADHD and allow the person to lead a much more problem free day to day life.
ADHD can be treated with medication or therapy but a combination of both is advised.
Other services you where you can reach someone to talk to are:
Samaritans offers a 24 hour listening service over text message, text 'Hello' to 087 260 9090 to get started (standard text messaging rates apply) or call 116 123 to talk to someone over the phone.
Childline text and instant messaging services are available from 10am - 4am every day to young people under 18, text 'Talk' to 50101 to talk to a trained counsellor by text message or call 1800 66 66 66.
Visit Your GP:
We always recommend that you visit your GP if you have not been feeling like yourself. Don’t feel embarrassed or ashamed. Your doctor is a professional health care provider and will be familiar with how you are feeling. Your mental health is just that - your health. You would visit your GP if you had been feeling physically unwell right ? Your emotional health is just as important as your physical well-being - in fact the two go hand in hand. If you don’t have a current GP you can find a list of services in your area here. You can also contact the CareDoc service on 1850 334 999
Contact the Emergency Services:
If you are an immediate danger to yourself and are going through a suicidal crisis please contact the emergency services by dialling 999 or visit your nearest Emergency Department.