Visit our resource centre for useful information and helpful activities for parents, teachers and teenagers living with ADHD.
Yes it is. ADHD is a recognised condition which actually affects around 1 in 20 people of school age in the UK2. There isn't one particular reason why people get ADHD. We still don't really know how ADHD develops, but it seems to be biological.
ADHD can respond well to treatment, and the good news is there are a range of treatments available, including therapies that treat behaviour and various medicines. While there is no exact ‘cure’ for ADHD, many people manage their symptoms with the help of treatment, and so that they have little or no disruption to their lives. Once your specialist team has carried out all the tests, they will know the best management and treatment plan for your child.
Unfortunately, ADHD doesn’t always disappear as affected individuals reach adulthood, but the symptoms often change. Each individual is different, but there are some overall trends:
Everyone is different, and so 'the most effective treatment' programme varies between individuals. The length of time your child will receive treatment cannot be fixed in advance. Treatment may continue for a couple of years and may even continue into adulthood in some cases. Occasionally, your doctor may recommend that your child stops taking medication for a while so that they can see how they get on; this is called a treatment holiday, and your child should only ever do this when a doctor has told them.