Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)

Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) is a neurodevelopmental disorder defined by persistent and impairing patterns of inattention, hyperactivity, and impulsivity. It affects your ability to focus, control impulses, and regulate energy levels. ADHD is typically diagnosed in childhood but can continue to affect you as you grow into teen and adult years.
Key features of ADHD include:
  • Inattention: People with ADHD often struggle to stay focussed on tasks, are easily distracted, and frequently make careless mistakes in school or work.
  • Hyperactivity: Many individuals with ADHD are restless, have difficulty remaining seated, and fidget or tap things often.
  • Impulsivity: Impulsive behaviour may lead to difficulties like not waiting for your turn, taking risks, and interrupting others in conversations.
  • Impairment: ADHD symptoms should make it tough to do everyday things like schoolwork or getting along with others.
There are three subtypes of ADHD:
  • Predominantly Inattentive Presentation: Characterized by primarily inattentive symptoms.
  • Predominantly Hyperactive-Impulsive Presentation: Characterized by primarily hyperactive-impulsive symptoms.
  • Combined Presentation: Features a mix of both inattentive and hyperactive-impulsive symptoms.
Effective management of ADHD often involves a combination of behavioural interventions, psychoeducation, and in some cases, medication. Psychologists can work with you with ADHD to help develop strategies for improving focus, self-control, and overall functioning, enabling you to lead more fulfilling and successful lives. If you or your child is struggling with ADHD, contact us to see if we can help you.
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