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What is ADHD?

Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) is a diagnosis of the American Psychiatric Association (APA, 1994) and describes behavioural symptoms of impulsivity, inattention and hyperactivity.

These symptoms must be presented to such a degree that they significantly interfere with the individual's family and peer relationships, their educational and/or occupational functioning and general day to day activities.

According to current diagnostic criteria there are three types of ADHD seen in children and young people:

  1. Hyperactive/impulsive type
  2. Inattentive type
  3. Combined hyperactive-impulsive/inattentive type
(Hughes and Cooper, 2007)

Management of Attention Deficit and Hyperkinetic Disorders in Children and Young People

SIGN (Scottish Intercollegiate Guidelines Network) 2009

This is a National Clinical Guideline and aims to "provide a framework for evidence based assessment and management of ADHD/HKD, from which multidisciplinary and multiagency approaches can be developed locally" (SIGN 2009).




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