ADHD in children
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) is the most prevalent neurodevelopmental disorder in Australia, affecting one in every 20 children.
It is characterised by persistent patterns of inattentive, impulsive, and sometimes hyperactive behaviour, and is frequently accompanied by emotional regulation challenges.
Children with ADHD have little control over these behaviours. They are symptoms of their disorder that arise from an impaired ability to inhibit and regulate attention, behaviour and emotions; to reliably recall information in the moment; to plan and problem solve; to self-reflect and selfmonitor; and to self-soothe.
They stem from underlying neurological differences and a resultant developmental delay, which reduces a child’s ability to exert age-appropriate self-control.
Without appropriate diagnosis and evidence based treatment, a child’s ADHD symptoms can have a profound negative effect on their family life, ability to navigate school, academic achievement, friendships, social standing and self-esteem, and can contribute to the development of significant adverse outcomes.
Therefore it is vital that children with ADHD received the treatment and support they require to develop in a healthy manner, reach their full potential and thrive.
To find out more and get the facts download the 'ADHD in Children' factsheet here.
What to do if you suspect you or your child has ADHD.
If you suspect you or your child might have ADHD, please make an appointment to see your general practitioner (GP). Your GP will carry out an initial assessment and if they also suspect ADHD, they will complete the necessary referral to a specialist who can diagnose the disorder, such as a psychiatrist, developmental paediatrician or psychologist.