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Neurodiversity and Co-occurring differences

Attention Deficit (Hyperactivity) Disorder (ADD/ADHD)

Signs of Attention Deficit (Hyperactivity) Disorder include inattention, restlessness, impulsive, erratic, unpredictable and inappropriate behaviour, blurting out inappropriate comments or interrupting excessively. Some people come across unintentionally as aggressive. Most fail to make effective use of feedback.

If no hyperactivity is present, the term Attention Deficit Disorder should be used: these individuals have particular problems remaining focused so may appear 'dreamy' and not to be paying attention. People with this condition are very easily distracted, lose track of what they are doing and have poor listening skills. By failing to pay attention to details, they may miss key points.

More information

ADDISS: The National Attention Deficit Disorder Information and Support Service

ADDISS provide people-friendly information and resources about Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder to anyone who needs assistance - parents, sufferers, teachers or health professionals.

Website: www.addiss.co.uk

The ADHD Foundation

This organisation provides a number of services in the field of ADHD including training and consultancy for both education and employment, and also for parents. They have started a number of initiatives including ADHD friendly schools.

Website: www.adhdfoundation.org.uk

The UK ADHD Partnership

This partnership was established by mental health and allied professionals who share an interest in improving outcomes and securing better futures for children and young people affected by Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), together with their carers and families.

Website: www.adhdfoundation.org.uk

UKAAN

This is an organisation for ADHD in adults in the UK. It offers a range of services and information on ADHD in adults, including diagnosis and treatment options.

Website: www.ukaan.org