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What supports are there for someone who has ADHD

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What happens with people with ADHD


Hi there and welcome to Ask Alex. 

Thanks for reaching out with your question. 

So you’re wondering what happens when someone has ADHD, is that right? 

ADHD, or Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, is a neurological condition which means that your brain might be wired a little differently than your friends or family.  As you can experience the world in a different way, this can have an impact on feelings and behaviours. 

Sometimes someone with ADHD might have trouble concentrating in school or being organised as their brain has lots of different ideas all at once and they may need some help to slow down their thoughts.  Other times they might feel restless, fidgety, find it hard to listen, take turns or make mistakes easily.   

People with ADHD can experience lots of these symptoms or just a handful.  You can find out more information here and here This article is from a young persons experience of having ADHD 

People who have ADHD can learn to manage some symptoms by practicing relaxation, mindfulness, having sensory based strategies and regular breaks etc in school.  There are professionals who can help and give advice about coping strategies and ways to manage.

Having ADHD also brings lots of positive qualities such as being really creative, energetic, spontaneous, courageous and resilient.   

If you feel you have ADHD, it’s important that you speak to a family member and your GP.  Your GP will be able to advise you on how you can be assessed for having ADHD and supports available in your area.   

If you would like to reach out and talk to us some more, our Childline Team are here to help and support you too. We do not judge, and we can explore your options with you. You can contact us any time of the day or night, the Childline Listening service never closes, we are here for you 24/7/365. Our free-phone number is 1800 66 66 66 or you can use Live Chat on our website

We hope that you’ve found this helpful. 

Take care of yourself, 


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