What is ADHD?

ADHD or Attention Deficit Hyperactive Disorder is a condition that impacts someone’s behaviour. There are different types of ADHD such as:

ADHD symptoms can be identified at a young age and often children are diagnosed from ages 6 to 12 years old. Symptoms will be present in more than one situation for example school, work or in social settings. 

Inattentive ADHD

Inattentive is a type of ADHD that used to be known as ADD. There are many signs of Inattentive ADHD some include:

Hyperactivity & Impulsivity ADHD

Another type of ADHD is hyperactivity & impulsivity. There are many signs of hyperactivity & impulsivity ADHD some include:

It can be common for people to have symptoms from both inattentive and hyperactive or impulsiveness categories. This is known as the combined type.

How is ADHD Diagnosed?

To be diagnosed with ADHD, going to see your GP is an important step. Although your GP cannot officially diagnose someone with ADHD, what they can do is discuss any concerns and refer you for a specialist assessment.

For a child to be diagnosed:

It can be difficult to get a diagnosis for an adult however, if an adult thinks that they have ADHD they may be referred by their GP if they experience:


American Psychiatric Association, 2013. Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, Fifth Edition (DSM-5®). 5th ed. Washington, D.C.: American Psychiatric Publishing, pp.59-61. 

nhs.uk. 2021. Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) - Diagnosis. [online] Available at: <https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/attention-deficit-hyperactivity-disorder-adhd/diagnosis/> [Accessed 7 December 2021].