What is ADHD?

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ADHD stands for Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, you may also know it as ADD but this definition is being used less these days and ADHD is becoming the umbrella term.

What people often say when asked “What does a person with ADHD look like?” is that they imagine a little boy, racing around, kicking, punching, shouting and generally terrorising other children who are all trying to get on with their day like, somewhat robotic, good little boys and girls. It’s safe to say that ADHD has quite a bit of bad press and is actually generally misunderstood by those who have not experienced it for themselves. ADHD is not just a term used as an excuse for ‘naughty children’.colourband

So, what is ADHD?

ADHD is a syndrome described by a number of different symptoms that may or may not be displayed by each individual with an ADHD diagnosis. To describe ADHD in a generalised manner would not take into account these individual differences, so in this section of the website we will be looking at articles addressing the different types of ADHD, i.e. Hyperactive, Inattentive and Combined Types, whether there are actually more than these three types as suggested in recent research, and what kind of symptoms you may or may not experience if you have an ADHD brain.

I myself was diagnosed with adult ADHD five years ago, but ADHD is something I was born with. When I was growing up it was incredibly rare to be diagnosed with ADHD, particularly for a girl who was not hyperactive, but instead displayed inattentive symptoms. I was just written off as being a daydreamer, I seemed to muddle through exams and tests and coast along just fine so there was never a suggestion that there may be something physiologically or neurologically affecting the way that I processed information.

Two of my three children also have an ADHD diagnosis, and all three of my children have a diagnosis on the Autistic Spectrum. Whilst I may share some characteristics with my children, there are notable differences which I will look at in a more personal way when discussing what it means to have ADHD. There is definitely not a ‘one size fits all’ when looking at ADHD but although my symptoms have fluctuated and transformed over the years I can see the underlying issues that have been there all of my life reflected in the actions of my children.

Take a look at the posts below to learn more about ADHD, check back regularly for updates and contact me if there is something that you would like me to write about.


Inattentive PI ADHD Classroom Identify List ADHD Executive Functions Planning Lists Organisation Memory ADHD Symptoms Checklist - Diagnostic Criteria Summary of The Brain-Behaviour Connection - Dr. Joel Nigg Ph.D.