Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)
- Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD)
- What questions do you have about ADHD?
- ADHD evaluation tool
- ADHD animation
- Recognising the symptoms of ADHD
- The family impact of ADHD
- Stimulants for ADHD
- FAILSAFE diet for ADHD
- Supportive care
|Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is a behavioural syndrome characterised by hyperactivity and/or inattention leading to impairment in social, academic and occupational functioning. The core group of symptoms of ADHD include persistent impulsivity, hyperactivity and inattention.|
For more information on the condition, see Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder.
Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) Evaluation Tool
Your child is unlikely to be experiencing symptoms of ADHD. You probably dont need to be concerned.
Your child is unlikely to be experiencing symptoms of ADHD. However, if you are concerned, you should show this survey to your GP at your next consult.
Your child may be experiencing some of the symptoms of ADHD. These symptoms may be able to be managed by your doctor. You should book an appointment with your GP and take this survey with you for further discussion.
Your child may be experiencing some of the symptoms of ADHD. These symptoms may be able to be managed by your doctor. You should book an appointment with your GP as soon as possible and take this survey with you for further discussion.
This information will be collected for educational purposes, however it will remain anonymous.
|ADHD is a common neurobehavioural problem that affects children and some adults. Some research suggests that the cause of ADHD is a genetic deficiency of certain neurotransmitters.
Click here to watch an animation about ADHD.
|Symptoms of ADHD are usually first recognised by parents, teachers and other caregivers. Diagnosis-based DSM-IV criteria is a good starting point; however, a formal psychological and educational assessment is more accurate and useful in identifying the diagnosis and needs of each child.|
For more information, see Recognising the symptoms of ADHD.
|Once, inattention was thought of as a problem only experienced by children. Now there is growing evidence that significant inattention effects many people of all ages. There are many symptoms of inattention, some very obvious and some more subtle.|
For more information on this symptom, see Inattention.
|Hyperactivity is an excessive level of activity in people compared to what is normally expected for their age. Many normal children may at times be hyperactive or restless, but when the hyperactivity begins to affect performance in school, social relationships or behaviour at home, an underlying disorder may be suspected.|
For more information on this symptom, see Hyperactivity.
|Impulsive individuals tend to act without forethought. They may react rapidly and without planning, often without regard to the consequences on themselves or others. Some degree of impulsivity is considered normal in most people. Impulsive behaviour becomes significant when it is persistent, severe, and affects performance at work, in school or in social relationships.|
For more information on this symptom, see Impulsivity.
|The families of children with ADHD have to contend with a greater number of behavioural, developmental and educational disturbances. This often requires that more time, logistics and energy be spent. It is not surprising that these increased demands are frequently associated with more stress in marital and family functioning.|
For more information on this symptom, see The Family Impact of ADHD.
|Psychostimulants are medications that increase the amount of chemical messengers to stimulate certain areas of the brain. There is good evidence that psychostimulants can reduce symptoms of inattention and hyperactivity/impulsitivity. It is essential that an accurate diagnosis of ADHD be made and confirmed before medication is commenced.|
For more information on this treatment, see Stimulants for ADHD.
|Concerta contains chemicals that can stimulate the central nervous system. When Concerta acts on the brain of a person with ADHD, it reduces the symptoms of impulsivity and hyperactivity. Concerta will also increase the concentration of a person with ADHD.|
For more information on this medication, see Concerta.
|Psychostimulants enhance dopaminergic and noradrenergic neurotransmission. In ADHD treatment, this aims to reduce functional impairment across a range of settings (including home, school and peer relationships) and minimise long term adverse effects on academic performance, vocational success, social and emotional development.|
For more information on this medication, see Dexamphetamine.
|Ritalin is indicated for ADHD and narcolepsy. Used in ADHD treatment, it aims to reduce functional impairment across a range of settings (including home, school and peer relationships) and minimise long term adverse effects on academic performance, vocational success, social and emotional development.|
For more information on this medication, see Ritalin 10.
|FAILSAFE stands for Free of Additives, Low in Salicylates, Amines and Flavour Enhancers. The compounds eliminated from the FAILSAFE diet cause adverse reactions in food intolerant individuals, and can also lead to mood disorders, digestive disorders and sleeping problems. The FAILSAFE diet can reduce symptoms of hyperactivity in children with ADHD.|
For more information on this symptom, see FAILSAFE Diet for ADHD.
|The Learning and Attentional Disorders Society of WA (LADS) is a support, information and advocacy agency for people with ADHD and associated conditions. The Mission of LADS is to provide support, advocacy and accurate information to individuals, parents, families and all people affected by ADHD and associated conditions.|
For more information on this group, see LADS.
|ADDults with ADHD (NSW) Inc. is a non-funded voluntary organisation established in 1995 to address the needs of adults with ADHD and other related conditions, and their families. It is the only organisation specifically supporting adults with ADHD in Australia.|
For more information on this group, see ADDults with ADHD.