Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is a condition that is characterised by hyperactivity, impulsivity, restlessness and inattentiveness. If unsupported, it can lead to educational, social and psychological difficulties.
The condition is more prevalent in children and teenagers, but it can also affect adults. However adults may have differing symptoms to children – instead of hyperactivity, they may experience bouts of restlessness.
ADHD symptoms are typically noticed at an early age. This is especially true with ADHD in children when a child’s circumstances change, such as starting a new school. Children who have the disorder tend to get diagnosed between the ages of six and 12.