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What is AD(H)D?

What is Attention-Deficit (Hyperactivity) Disorder (AD(H)D)?

ADHD stands for Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder. It’s thought to be caused by a chemical imbalance in the brain that affects the parts controlling attention, concentration, and impulsivity. It can co-occur with dyslexia and other specific learning differences. Adult ADHD is characterised by inattention, restlessness, impulsivity, and inappropriate behaviour. If hyperactivity is not present (ADD), then characteristics may include difficulties staying focused, being easily distracted and poor listening skills.

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