Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is a condition that is characterised by hyperactivity, impulsivity, restlessness and inattentiveness. If unsupported, it may lead to educational, social and psychological difficulties. ADHD is diagnosed more often in children and teenagers. However, it can also affect adults – for many of whom the condition was not recognised when they were younger. Adults can have differing symptoms to children. For example, instead of hyperactivity, they may experience episodes of restlessness or not focusing on tasks. Typically, ADHD symptoms are noticed at an early age. This is especially true with ADHD in children when their circumstances change, such as starting a new school. Children who have the disorder tend to get diagnosed between the ages of six and twelve. ADHD can cause people to experience sleep issues, anger, anxiety, shame, upset and distress. Working with an experienced practitioner at The Eaves can help by giving you an outlet to talk through issues and feelings experienced and to get practical and emotional support when experiencing difficulties.

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Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is a mental health condition that is
defined through analysis of behaviour. People with ADHD show a persistent pattern of
inattention and/or hyperactivity-impulsivity that interferes with day-to-day functioning
and/or development.

The common symptoms include:
Lack of focus
Poor time management skills
Fits of rage
Lack of motivation
Restlessness and anxiety
Poor self-image
Relationship issues

It is thought that between 2 and 5% of school aged children have ADHD. The
prevalence of ADHD in the adult population is between 3 and 4% but the majority of
these individuals are undiagnosed.