What is ADHD

What is ADHD?

Attention-deficit/ hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is a chronic and pervasive (affects most parts of a person’s life) psychological disorder. There are three different types of ADHD (Inattentive, Hyperactive and Combined).  Inattentive ADHD used to be known as ADD or Attention Deficit Disorder but now all the types are known as ADHD because there are some key similarities between the types.  In children, it can be easier to spot ADHD- related difficulties, as they are more obvious in a structured classroom environment.

Although ADHD has generally been viewed as a disorder of childhood (and the large majority of research relates to children), approximately two thirds of children with ADHD continue to be significantly impacted by ADHD in adulthood.  Unfortunately, individuals with ADHD have ‘slipped through the cracks’ of the education system.  A number of adults in New Zealand (5-8%) may have ADHD and many have not been diagnosed with ADHD and received the support that they may have benefited from.  This is especially the case when we know that ADHD often occurs with learning disorders.  Without early intervention, a number of adults in New Zealand may have missed educational and occupational opportunities and therefore may not have reached their potential.

 

What is ADHD