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ADHD - Symptoms & Causes

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What Are ADHD Symptoms?

Recognising ADHD symptoms is the first step towards finding support and managing the condition.

People with ADHD often experience a combination of inattentiveness and hyperactivity/impulsivity. It's totally normal for children and adults to be inattentive or hyperactive at times, but for those with ADHD, these behaviours are more severe and frequent and interfere with their daily lives.

Below are some of the common symptoms explained. Remember, experiencing these doesn't necessarily mean you or your loved one has ADHD. It's always best to seek professional advice, so if you are concerned, reach out and schedule an ADHD assessment with our London-based psychiatrists and psychologists.

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Inattentiveness

Easily Distracted


People with ADHD are often pulled away from tasks or play by minor distractions, impacting their focus and productivity.


Mistakes


Attention drifts easily, leading to mistakes that are not a result of a lack of intelligence but rather a lack of focus.


Incomplete Tasks


Initiating tasks is manageable, but completion is a challenge due to pervasive distractions or loss of focus.


Organisation Troubles


They often find arranging tasks and activities overwhelming, leading to avoidance or unfinished projects.

Losing Items



 Items like tools, wallets, keys, paperwork, eyeglasses, and mobile phones are often misplaced due to inattention.


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Causes and Risk Factors

Understanding ADHD involves looking at a mix of factors. We don't have a single answer to what causes it, but we know it's not because of something you or anyone else did wrong.

Let's walk through some of the factors that can play a part.

Genetics

A child's family background can be a significant indicator. ADHD or traits similar to it are often observed among family members when a child is diagnosed with the condition. It's a trait that often runs in families, much like height or eye colour.

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Pregnancy Environment

A child’s development is also influenced by the environment they are exposed to during prenatal stages. Increased chances of developing ADHD have been linked to exposure to alcohol, tobacco, or specific drugs during pregnancy.

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Brain Structure

Research involving brain scans indicates structural differences in the brains of individuals with ADHD. Certain areas of the brain linked to attention and activity may be smaller, while others are larger, contributing to challenges in focus, energy management, and impulse control.

Remember, if you or your child is living with ADHD, you're not alone, and support is available. The first step to understanding and managing ADHD is recognising the signs and reaching out for professional support when you need it.

Each person's experience with ADHD is unique, so getting personalised care that takes into account your or your child's specific needs and circumstances is crucial.

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Hyperactivity & Impulsivity

  • Constant Talking: 

A flood of words makes listening a challenge; conversations can be one-sided.

  • Fidgetiness: 

A noticeable energy demands movement; children often fidget or tap, while adults may feel inner restlessness.

  • Impulsive Behaviour: 

Pausing before actions or words and waiting turns is a struggle, leading to spontaneous and sometimes disruptive behaviour.

These symptoms can collectively impact the individual’s daily functioning, productivity, and social interactions. However, with tailored support and management strategies, people with ADHD can effectively navigate these challenges.

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  • Constant Talking: 

A flood of words makes listening a challenge; conversations can be one-sided.

  • Fidgetiness: 

A noticeable energy demands movement; children often fidget or tap, while adults may feel inner restlessness.

  • Impulsive Behaviour: 

Pausing before actions or words and waiting turns is a struggle, leading to spontaneous and sometimes disruptive behaviour.

These symptoms can collectively impact the individual’s daily functioning, productivity, and social interactions. However, with tailored support and management strategies, people with ADHD can effectively navigate these challenges.

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