Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is a behavioral condition that is characterized by a short attention span, inability to concentrate for long periods, impulsivity, and restlessness.

Generally a child is diagnosed when they begin full-time education and although it can affect anyone, regardless of their intellectual abilities, it tends to strike those with learning difficulties. Thankfully, the symptoms generally improve as the child gets older.

The causes for ADHD are unknown but it appears to run in families and there may be links to external factors like being born prematurely, smoking during pregnancy and having a low weight at birth. There is no cure for ADHD, which affects between two and five per cent of children, but it can be managed with medication as well as interventions like cognitive behavioral therapy.

It must be remembered that a lack of concentration and vast amounts of energy are common in many children, so should not be used as sole indicators of ADHD. Rather, if you suspect your child may have deficit hyperactivity disorder, speak to their teacher and your doctor.

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