Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, or ADHD for short, is a medical condition that tends to run in families.
The main symptoms of ADHD are inattention – being distracted, disorganised or forgetful – and hyperactivity and impulsiveness, which can cause fidgeting, talking a lot and interrupting other people.
Having ADHD can be extremely distressing and confusing. Each case is different, but children with the condition can find schooling and socialising a problem. Coping with ADHD can also put a big strain on parents and the rest of the family.
Fortunately, many cases of ADHD respond well to treatment and much more support is now available for people with the condition.