ADHD stands for Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder.
If you have ADHD, it means that your brain works differently to someone who doesn’t have ADHD. These differences in your brain can make some things harder for you – like concentrating at school, wanting to fidget when you should be sitting still, or shouting or interrupting when you should be listening.
You might find you get angry or frustrated, you might react badly or get irritated if things go wrong, and you may find it difficult to be motivated. In fact, most people of your age have similar feelings — but with ADHD, everything can seem more intense and harder to handle.
You can’t change it, but you can learn to manage it, and it can even give you certain advantages! Having ADHD may make you more creative, better at problem-solving or able to do lots of things at once!
Some symptoms of ADHD
Have a look through the following list; do any of them sound a bit like you?
It’s the ‘AD’ in ‘ADHD’: sometimes it’s hard to concentrate, other times you can focus on things that interest you. Are you easily distracted? You might also avoid doing things that require more focus from you.
The ‘H’ in ‘ADHD’: maybe you find it hard to sit still, or you drum your fingers, tap your feet, play with your hair or just generally mess about.
Do you sometimes find it hard to wait your turn? Maybe you interrupt all the time or try to do something before you fully understand what’s needed.
Difficulties with social skills
Having ADHD can make it harder to make and keep friends, perhaps you don’t fully understand how other people might be feeling, or you feel like you might make them awkward or uncomfortable.
With ADHD, you might forget things that have been planned, miss appointments or forget things you need. You may also not leave enough time to finish your work.
ADHD may make you more sensitive to all the changes that happen as you grow up. In turn, that can cause conflicts, confrontation, anger and frustration, which can often make things worse.
And now the good news….
You’re probably aware of the effects that ADHD can have on your life. The good thing – you’re not alone. Worldwide – around 5% of children have ADHD. So if you’re in a class of 30 students – at least one will have ADHD.
This means that lots of people have gone through what you’re dealing with. It may not feel like it, but with a little help and some effort on your part, you can manage your ADHD and do well in school and also have a good time with your friends and family.
The main thing is, if you feel like you need some help, make sure you talk to a parent, carer, teacher, doctor, or someone you trust. They are there to support you.