What is ADHD?

ADHD is short for Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder.
ADHD is a neurodevelopmental disorder that affects the way the brain grows and develops, although we aren’t entirely sure what causes it.

ADHD is a lifelong disorder. It doesn’t go away, but it often requires treatment.


ADHD usually appears in early childhood, although it is not always diagnosed at this time. It is difficult to predict who will have ADHD, but it does seem to have a strong genetic component. This means that it commonly appears in other family members and can be passed down from one generation to another, much like eye colour or height.


There are many myths associated with ADHD. It is important to separate fact from fiction so that we can better understand what people with ADHD are truly experiencing. The more we understand, the better we can help them.