Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD)

Attention deficit disorder, ADD

What is attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD)?

ADHD is a common condition that affects the way people behave. It is usually diagnosed during childhood.

What causes ADHD?

The cause of ADHD is unknown, but the condition seems to run in families. Although there is no cure, support, such as extra help at school, can be put in place. It can also be treated with medication.

What are the symptoms of attention deficit disorder?

Symptoms of ADHD may include:

  • Being restless
  • A short attention span
  • Fidgeting
  • Acting on impulse

Symptoms of ADHD usually improve as people get older.

Are you affected by ADHD?

If you’re affected by ADHD, The Brain Charity can support you.

We are the only charity in the UK to be here for every one of the more than 600 different neurological conditions in existence. Individually, many are rare, but combined, they affect 1 in 6 people.

We provide practical help on all aspects of living with attention deficit disorder, emotional support such as counselling, phone befriending and group therapy and social activities to people with attention deficit disorder from all over the UK from our centre in Liverpool.

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Contact The Brain Charity now

Our friendly Information & Advice Officers are here to help. We endeavour to respond to all enquiries within 10 working days.

0151 298 2999

Looking to talk to someone?

  • Please tell us which neurological condition you are affected by and what you need support with.

Caring for someone affected by Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD)

Living with someone with ADHD can be difficult, but it is important to remember that they cannot change their behaviour. They may struggle to concentrate or sit still, but you must be supportive and understanding.

We support carers, friends and family too

Are you a carer for or relative of someone with attention deficit disorder? It’s just as important for you to look after your own physical and mental wellbeing too.

The Brain Charity provides free support for carers, friends and family of people with any form of neurological condition, including attention deficit disorder, from anywhere in the UK.

We also run an additional carers advocacy service for all carers in Liverpool, regardless of which type of condition the person they care for has.

You don’t need to be a formal or registered carer

We can help you even if you don’t view yourself as a formal carer or claim Carer’s Allowance. Find out some of the ways we support carers below.

Other resources

The Brain Charity's library

The Brain Charity's library has resources on ADHD and on a wide range of other neurodiversity-related topics

Support groups

YoungSibs online support service for siblings

Support groups at The Brain Charity

Are you interested in setting up an ADHD support group, or do you already run one? Email to let us know.

Alternatively, you can check out our list of related support groups here.

Other charities

ADHD Foundation

Contact. A charity for families with disabled children

ADDISS (charity providing information and resources about ADHD)