What is ADHD?
Attention Deficit Hyperactive Disorder ADHD is a condition where you have lots of energy and have difficulty concentrating. You might also find it hard to control what you say and do. For example, you might speak without thinking first, or find that you do things on impulse.
Symptoms usually start early in life, before the age of six. It is not known exactly what causes ADHD, but experts think it might run in families, or it could be to do with the way the chemicals in your brain work. But you might start to experience ADHD-like symptoms if you have had a difficult experience.
The symptoms of ADHD
- feeling restless or fidgety
- talking a lot and interrupting others
- becoming easily distracted
- finding it hard to concentrate
- saying or doing things without thinking
If you experience any of these symptoms above, it does not mean you definitely have ADHD. But if any of them are affecting your everyday life, you should do something about it.
takING back control
ADHD can leave you feeling out of control. People might not understand what you are going through and could think you are acting out or being difficult or criticise and punish you unnecessarily. This can make you feel isolated, depressed, or it can lead to feelings of low self-esteem.
It can really help to talk to your friends, family and teachers about how you feel and how they can support you.
Let them know what you do and do not find helpful so that they can do their best to help.