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What Exactly Is ADHD? A Simple Way To Understand a Complex Condition


What exactly is ADHD? ADHD can be a hard condition to get your head around. We have broken down the question “What Is ADHD?” into 3 easy to understand categories.

ADHD stands for Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder. ADHD is a behavioral disorder that includes symptoms of inattentiveness, hyperactivity and impulsiveness.


People with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder may be inattentive and easily distracted. Some of the other noticeable symptoms of inattentiveness are:

  • Trouble Concentrating
  • Problems focusing attention
  • Issues staying on task
  • Absent-mindedness
  • May miss important details
  • Might lose things easily


People with ADHD may be hyperactive. Some symptoms of hyperactivity are:

  • Can’t sit still
  • Fidgets lots
  • Easily bored
  • Restlessness
  • Disruptiveness
  • Plays rough
  • Likes to run & jump around


People with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder can be impulsive and can act before thinking. Symptoms of impulsiveness can include:

  • Struggles to wait
  • Interrupts you regularly
  • Does things without permission
  • Pushes and grabs things
  • Takes things that aren’t theirs
  • May have intense emotional responses

It is completely normal for children to behave restlessly and inattentively and this does not mean that your child has Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder. If you think your child’s behaviour is different from their peers then you should think about approaching your GP and school SENCO.

If you are an adult and you think you might have ADHD and would like to pursue a diagnosis then please speak to your GP.

So in answer to what exactly is ADHD?

Symptoms of ADHD are often noticed quite early on and can become more noticeable when children start school. Most people with ADHD are diagnosed between the ages of 6 and 12.

Symptoms of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder can improve with age but many adults will continue to experience problems. People with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder can often have additional problems like anxiety disorder and sleep issues.

We hope this has helped break down the question “What is ADHD?” and has given you a good jumping-off point to delve deeper into the condition! To find out more about ADHD why not check out our 6 ESSENTIAL ADHD Blogs For Parents, Caregivers & Teachers!


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