Cognitive · Attention Deficit Disorder

Attention Deficit Disorder · Profile

What is it?

Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) is a common behavioural disorder in children and young people. It usually starts in early childhood and some people will continue to have ADHD as adults.

What causes it?

The causes of Attention Deficit Disorders are not fully understood although a strong genetic link has been noted. The levels of neurotransmitters in the brain may be different in these students.


Up to 1 in 20 students diagnosed with ADHD. More boys than girls are identified.

Medical Considerations

The core symptoms of ADHD are inattention, hyperactivity and impulsivity. Adolescents with ADHD may become withdrawn and less communicative.


A person with ADHD may be:





A person with ADHD has symptoms most of the time that can seriously affect their everyday life. They may also be clumsy, unable to sleep, have temper tantrums and mood swings and find it hard to socialise and make friends.

Further Information

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