What is attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder?

ADHD is when a child or teenager can’t pay attention or struggles to be still and quiet.

Does your child have ADHD/ADD?

If your child does most of the things under either Inattention or Hyperactivity (below), a lot more so than other kids their age, then you should consider having them assessed by a psychologist.

 

Inattention

  • often fails to give close attention to details or makes careless mistakes in schoolwork, work, or other activities
  • often has difficulty concentrating in tasks or play activities
  • often does not seem to listen when spoken to directly
  • often does not follow through on instructions and fails to finish schoolwork, chores or duties
  • often has difficulty organising tasks and activities
  • often avoids, dislikes, or is reluctant to do tasks that require long times of mental effort (such as schoolwork or homework)
  • often loses things necessary for tasks or activities (e.g., toys, school assignments, pencils, books, or tools)
  • is often easily distracted
  • is often forgetful in daily activities

Hyperactivity

  • often fidgets with hands or feet or squirms in seat
  • often leaves seat in classroom or in other places where they are meant to stay sitting
  • often runs around or climbs in situations where they shouldn’t do those things
  • struggles to play or relax quietly
  • is often ‘on the go’ or often acts as if ‘driven by a motor’
  • often talks too much

Impulsivity

  • often blurts out answers before questions have been finished
  • often struggles to wait their turn
  • often interrupts or intrudes on others (e.g., butts into conversations or games)

 

How do I get help for myself or my loved one?

The first step in getting help is finding out whether you have a problem. A psychologist with specific training in the treatment of anxiety disorders can effectively perform a professional assessment, which will identify whether you have an addiction problem, and will recommend the treatment most appropriate for you.

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