Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD)
- Boys are more likely than girls to be diagnosed with ADHD.
- ADHD can go unrecognised in girls.
- It tends to run in families suggesting it’s genetic.
- There are dietary and environmental factors.
- Many children will have another condition as well as ADHD.
If you are an adult looking for ADHD support for yourself, visit the NHS website.
Help for families
Kent's Handbook has helpful information for families looking for ADHD support for their child or young person.
Created by parents and carers in the Canterbury area, you'll find helpful advice about your child's:
- rights and benefits
Help from the NHS
- Kent Community Health NHS: attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD)
- General NHS support
- Understanding sensory processing difficulties
National ADHD support charities
Alternatively you may also want to contact local groups, charities and support networks that on our local online directory.
Videos to help you understand ADHD
Sometimes it is hard to understand how someone may be feeling if they have ADHD, or if you as a parent or carer are unsure if they have ADHD. Here are a few videos that may help you:
- "ADHD the questions parents want to ask their children" - a BBC series supporting parents
- Reaching families animations - video animations showing support relating to autism and sensory issues.
- "How do I help?" - NHS video for parents helping to understand how to support neurodiverse children.
- "A parent's guide to supporting children and young people with ADHD and autism" - various videos helping parents to support their child.
Assessment and diagnosis
We recommend that while you are waiting for your diagnosis, contact any of the support organisations to help you and your family at home.