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Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, or ADHD, describes a neurodivergent pattern of brain development and thinking. ADHD can affect a child/ young person’s concentration and focus, physical activity levels and ability to control sudden urges and impulses. All people with ADHD have their own personality, talents and challenges.

See our ADHD – Quick Guide below. This is also downloadable here.

ADHD generally falls into one of three categories, or subtypes:-

While having an ADHD brain comes with its own challenges, it can also create a unique skill set, such as, being particularly creative, thinking outside the box, having high levels of energy and being able to focus very well on things of particular interest.

The ADHD research team at the National Centre for Mental Health (NCMH) at Cardiff University worked with children with ADHD and their families and carers, and health professionals to create an animation about what it’s like to have ADHD. The team hopes the animation will be useful for children newly diagnosed with the condition. Read more about the animation at

Assessment and diagnosis

For an ADHD diagnosis to be given, these patterns of behaviour must have persisted for at least 6 months, and have been present since before the age of 12. ADHD diagnoses are typically given from the age of 6 years upwards. Find out more about a child/young person being assessed for ADHD in Leeds here.

The neurobiology of ADHD

Consultant Paediatric Neurologist Dr Andrew Current explains the science behind ND conditions below.


There are a lots of very successful and famous people with ADHD, that show that ADHD does not have to limit a person’s potential, such as

ADHD, language and communication

When a child or young person has a diagnosis of ADHD, their language skills can be affected,

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ADHD Foundation

A resource bank of information form a leading neurodiveristy national charity.

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ADHD and You

Lots of great information for young people, parents and carers and adults about ADHD.

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Living with ADHD

NHS webpage with some practical tips and advice for parents of a child who has or displays symptoms of ADHD. Information about symptoms, causes, diagnosis and treatment of ADHD.

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Frequently asked questions

The Royal College of Psychiatrists website answers some frequently asked questions about ADHD.

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YoungMinds guide for parents

A guide from YoundsMinds for parents supporting their child with ADHD, from requesting additional support from school in the first instance, to diagnosis (if this is something your child wishes to pursue), to treatment and practical tips.

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YoungMinds guide for young people

A guide from YoungMinds for young people signposting to information on diagnosis, professional help and practical advice surrounding ADHD and mental health.

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ADHD UK is a charity created by people with ADHD for people with ADHD.

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UK ADHD Partnership

The UK ADHD Partnership website has articles and information about ADHD, as well as tips for parents of a child with ADHD.

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ADHD Foundation booklet

This booklet for parents of a child with ADHD might help you to understand your child’s strengths and difficulties

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The ADDitude magazine and website publishes articles on ADHD and advice for parents and carers, as well as free resources and webinars

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ADHD Foundation Booklet

This resource looks at several important topics surrounding ADHD such as: emotion and organisation, clear and open communication, and managing stress.

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