Related to: [[Children and Young People]], [[Emotional Health and Wellbeing of Children and Young People]], [[People with Multiple Needs]], [[Education]], [[Learning Disabilities]], Special Educational Needs, Mental Health and Illness, Natural Environment
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
- 1. NHS Choices (2014) Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), http://www.nhs.uk/conditions/attention-deficit-hyperactivity-disorder/pages/introduction.aspx (viewed 12/12/14)
- 2. Public Health England (2014) Bath and North East Somerset, Children's and Young People's Mental Health and Wellbeing Profile and data, http://fingertips.phe.org.uk/profile-group/mental-health/profile/cypmh/data#gid/1938132752/pat/6/ati/102/page/9/par/E12000009/are/E06000022