Information about ADHD for Children and Young People

  •  What is ADHD?
  • ADHD isn’t a bad thing!
  • Useful Websites
  • Useful Books

What is ADHD?

Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, usually shortened to ADHD, is when you have difficulty concentrating on something for a long time or get easily distracted. You may have a lot of energy and say or do things without thinking, so it’s very difficult for you to control your behavior.

ADHD is the most common behavioural disorder in children and ADHD affects more boys than girls (4:1) , but we’re not sure what causes it – it is thought to run in families, and may be due to a chemical imbalance in the brain. As you get older you might find that the symptoms improve – about 30-50% of people continue to have symptoms as they grow up.

ADHD isn’t a bad thing!

1 – 5% of the population have ADHD

Here are some people you may recognise…


Many well known people have ADHD:

  • Michael Phelps – won 14 Olympic gold medals “Swimming helped me manage ADHD”
  • Will Smith; “I was the fun one who had trouble paying attention!”
  • Successful Businessmen; Sir Richard Branson has ADHD—but that hasn’t stopped him from owning a major airline, sending tourists into space or building an underwater plane.
  • ADHD can promote your creativity, a “go get” attitude and your determination.

Useful Websites

ADHD Voices  is a website including short clips and videos made using the voices of children with ADHD.

HeadMeds is another website which has helpful information about ADHD and videos

 Useful Books:

–  All Dogs Have ADHD

There are other helpful books also  available on books on prescription


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Last updated on 23rd July 2015