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ADHD is recognized by the World Health Organization (W.H.O) as a neurodevelopmental disorder which affects the neurotransmitters ability to transfer messages through the frontal lobes of the brain. It’s listed as such in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5), the set of guidelines established by psychiatrists for diagnosing mental illness. Wait what? In slightly easier language, ADHD is a WHO recognised disorder. Don’t let anyone tell you otherwise. It is created by a difference in the way the brain develops and affects the way the brain communicates internally. This in turn leads to the symptoms your child, sibling, or friend might be exhibiting. Back to the science… Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder is a group of neuro symptoms which include inattentiveness, hyperactivity and impulsiveness This make the person with ADHD: • have significant attention problems (makes careless mistakes) • appear restless (always “on the go”) • fidgety • overactive • impulsive (act before thinking) • distractible • disorganised • have mood swings (unable to manage emotions) • speak before thinking by blurting out and interrupting • have trouble finishing work or school projects • Impatience For more information, including some great videos click back to the home page and head to our ‘What is ADHD’ section from the main menu at the top of the page.

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