ADHD describes a recognised and persistent pattern of behaviour that begins in childhood and in most cases continues across the lifespan.
Key features are inattention, distractibility, hyperactivity, and impulsivity.
The underlying cause is thought to be neurodevelopmental, mostly via genetic inheritance.
ADHD symptoms may reduce as the brain matures.
ADHD is not caused by poor parenting or being lazy.
ADHD is a disorder of executive functioning.
Lifestyle choices, personality style, and parenting behaviour can improve or worsen outcome.
There are effective ways of managing ADHD.
Psychological support and medication can both be helpful.
Untreated ADHD can cause a lot of impairment throughout the lifespan so early assistance is recommended.
Forget Denis the Menace and other outdated stereotypes of kids with ADHD. New research reveals the breadth and complexity of the disorder. – Thomas Brown
Read more of his article.