Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)
ADHD is a condition caused by differences in the brain. It often runs in families. The exact causes of ADHD are not yet understood. People with ADHD may have trouble with focus, keeping still and thinking before they act. It is currently estimated that between 5-10% of people may experience ADHD symptoms.
There are different types of ADHD. The combined type is the most common, characterised by impulsive and hyperactive behaviours as well as inattention and distractibility. ADHD, impulsive/hyperactive type is the least common, where impulsive and hyperactive behaviours are present without inattention. With ADHD, inattentive type, individuals present with inattention and distractibility without hyperactivity.
People with ADHD may have trouble with executive function skills, causing challenges with organising themselves, following instructions, time management and managing their emotions. Watch a video explaining ADHD here.
ADHD strengths include hyper-focus, heightened energy levels, empathy, compassion, observation, problem-solving and multi-tasking skills. People with ADHD are often highly creative and sociable with a great sense of humour. Read more about the positives of ADHD here.
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