Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) is a mental health condition that can cause above-normal levels of impulsive and hyperactive behaviour.
People with ADHD might also have difficulties when trying to concentrate or sit still for a long period of time. It is estimated that 5% of the Irish population lives with ADHD.
Some common features of ADHD include:
Living with ADHD can have effects on various aspects of life. However, with a proper diagnosis, support and treatment, people with ADHD can live a full, happy and successful life.
More information and support
ADHD Ireland provides support and information for young people and adults affected by ADHD, as well as their families and carers.
Childline can also be contacted by any child or young person by calling 1800 66 66 66, texting to 50101 or chatting online at Childline.ie 24 hours a day, every day.
Resources and Tips to Help a Young Person/Person with ADHD
- Lucena Clinic – https://www.lucenaclinic.ie/attention-deficit-hyperactivity-disorder
- Exercise. When dealing with ADHD, make sure to take exercises breaks between tasks to stay focused and manage energy levels.
- Games. There are tasks you can do to help train the part of your brain that helps you focus. You can play card games like ‘Snap’ or Board Games like ‘Jenga’.
- Make Use of Calendars. It can be really useful to set up visual calendars in the home or in your diary/notebook. You can also do this with a phone’s calendar app. This will work as a reminder of important tasks.