Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD)

Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) affects parts of the brain which controls your attention, impulses and concentration. It can have an impact on school, friendships, self-esteem and family life without the right help.

Theories about ADHD are:

  • 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:

  • health
  • education
  • rights and benefits
  • behaviour.

Read our handbook for Kent families.

Help from the NHS

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:

Assessment and diagnosis

ADHD starts at a very young age and it may not be diagnosed until later in life.

Children are more likely to be diagnosed during the school years. Often, this is because they have fewer adult support and are expected to work in large groups.

We recommend that while you are waiting for your diagnosis, contact any of the support organisations to help you and your family at home.

Your GP or education setting can refer them to a specialist for a formal assessment. There is no simple test to determine if they have ADHD. But a specialist can make an accurate diagnosis after a detailed assessment.

Visit the NHS website for more information.