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Definition

Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) 1  - is a group of behavioural symptoms that include inattentiveness, hyperactivity and impulsiveness.

Common symptoms of ADHD include:

  • a short attention span or being easily distracted
  • restlessness, constant fidgeting or overactivity
  • being impulsive

Symptoms of ADHD tend to be first noticed at an early age, and may become more noticeable when a child's circumstances change, such as when they start school. Most cases are diagnosed in children between the ages of 6 and 12.

The symptoms of ADHD usually improve with age, but many adults who are diagnosed with the condition at a young age will continue to experience problems.

What does the data say?

Applying the estimated prevalence percentage of Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) (13.8%) from the the national 2007 Adult Psychiatric Morbidity Survey (APMS) to the resident population aged 16-24, Public Health England has estimated that in 2013 there were 4,080 16-24 year olds in Bath and North East Somerset with ADHD. 2