October marks the start of ADHD Awareness Month. Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder, or ADHD for short, is one of the most common mental health conditions affecting children and adults.
People with ADHD are often restless and may have trouble concentrating. Sypmtoms can be categorised into 2 types of behavioural problems; inattentiveness or hyperactivity and impulsiveness. Often people with ADHD fall into both categories.
This is not always the case; some people with the condition may have problems with inattentiveness, but not with hyperactivity or impulsiveness. This is instead known as Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD). ADD can sometimes go unnoticed as the symptoms may be less obvious than ADHD. Sometimes symptoms can be the opposite, for example hyperfocussing can often be linked with ADHD.
As ADHD is often misunderstood, the goal of ADHD Awareness Month is to correct these misunderstandings and highlight the shared experiences of those within ADHD community.
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