ADHD, or as it is known in its full term Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, is very common. It is believed that up to five per cent of all children suffer from this condition. If ADHD is undiagnosed it can be very upsetting to both the parents as well as the child. The parents are looked upon as ‘bad parents’ with no parenting skills, and the child as just plain ‘naughty’. The child also often gets chastised for their behaviour, when in actuality it is not their fault. Many children do go undiagnosed, and the ‘naughtiness’ that they display is actually ADHD.
Recognising the symptoms of ADHD is the first step to getting much needed help. The main signs to watch out for are disruptiveness, a lack of ability to concentrate, hyperactivity and impulsive behaviour. This is not a set check list, some children may have just one of the symptoms, and others may have more. Many children can display these signs from time to time, and not have ADHD. However a child suffering from ADHD will be continually restless and disruptive, and unable to concentrate in any given situation.
Two thirds of children with ADHD will continue to suffer throughout their teenage years, and the condition then carries on into their adult life. Quite often children who have ADHD will also suffer from other mental health problems.