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As a parent, you know that children can sometimes be boisterous, restless, inattentive, disorganised, noisy or forgetful. So what distinguishes "normal" challenging behaviour from ADHD?
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) is diagnosed when a child shows abnormally high levels of:
To qualify as true ADHD, these problems must:
ADHD affects children to varying degrees and in different ways, but it can have a serious impact on everyday functioning and relationships. Children with severe ADHD often perform poorly at school, have social and emotional problems and may suffer from low self-esteem.2
ADHD can persist into adolescence and adulthood, and can be associated with problems such as substance misuse, unemployment, and involvement in crime.2 It is therefore important for children to be diagnosed accurately and for a treatment plan to be put in place.