When a young person has a diagnosis of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) this means that they can struggle with paying attention, have high levels of energy and react quickly to things. This can make it more difficult for them at school, during hobbies and when making friends. How much it affects someone is different for each person.
What behaviours can ADHD cause?
Tasks such as sitting still, concentrating and following instructions are harder for people with ADHD as they can often feel restless or fidgety, can be easily distracted and can talk a lot, which makes activities such as school lessons and doing homework more difficult.
People with ADHD can sometimes find it harder in social situations, such as making friends or playing games, as they can find it difficult to follow conversations and take turns. Sometimes people with ADHD also have difficulties with their sleep.
What is ADHD?
Although there is no cure for ADHD, the difficulties can be helped and managed in many ways, for example by having extra support in school, learning techniques and strategies to help them cope, and sometimes taking medication.
Having ADHD is not their fault and is not a bad thing. People who have ADHD are just as talented as those without ADHD. In fact it is reported that some of the world’s most successful people have diagnoses of ADHD including Justin Timberlake, Jamie Oliver, Will Smith, Emma Watson and Richard Branson.
There are lots of strategies and techniques that you can use to help them cope and manage with the things they find difficult.
It can be difficult for a young person with ADHD to remember things, be organised and plan their day. This can make school very difficult for them. It might be helpful for them to make notes or reminders, set alarms on their phone and try to be organised and plan ahead for what they will need each day.
If a young person has been given a diagnosis and has been prescribed medication to help, there is a really useful website called HeadMeds which can give lots of information and advice.