ADHD (attention deficit hyperactivity disorder) is actually a collective term for a group of characteristics and behaviour patterns which are normally seen in one individual. The most common symptoms include impulsive behaviour, a short attention span, being easily distracted and restless activity. ADHD is also often linked to other disorders related to anxiety and sleep issues, which are usually made worse as a side effect.
You would often begin to notice the symptoms of ADHD at an early age, although they can easily be confused with other behavioural problems and don’t necessarily indicate an underlying condition immediately. When children begin school it usually serves as a catalyst for their symptoms to become more obvious, and in comparison to the way other children respond to this significant lifestyle change it normally becomes easier to spot the signs of ADHD. Children who have the disorder won’t normally adapt as well to being around new people and applying themselves to activities and learning at school, which can be frustrating for them as well as the parents. Between the ages of 5-12 is the time when most children would eventually be diagnosed with ADHD. Continue Reading