genetics and brain structure are thought to play a role. For example, ADHD can run in families and some research has shown that certain areas of the brain may be a different size in people with ADHD.
Studies have also shown that being born prematurely, having epilepsy or sustaining a brain injury can also increase the risk of developing ADHD.
In terms of treatment, medication, therapy or a combination of both can help. Medications aren’t a permanent cure but for some people can help reduce symptoms, making it easier to concentrate and feel calmer.
Talking therapies can also help children with ADHD and their families to understand the condition, learn ways of managing challenging behaviours and manage the worry and stress that living with ADHD can cause.
Unfortunately, a lack of understanding of the condition means that children with ADHD are often labelled as disruptive and naughty and punished or ostracised rather than receiving the additional support they need. Living with ADHD can be hard at times for both children and their families but encouraging understanding of the condition, accessing local support services and connecting with other people who are having similar experiences can all help.
For more information, advice and support you can visit the National Attention Deficit Disorder Support Service website at addiss.co.uk
Youngsters with ADHD may struggle to concentrate