Doctors in Lancashire are reminding parents to familiarise themselves with the signs and symptoms of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder for this (ADHD) awareness month.
ADHD is a common behavioural disorder and is often diagnosed between the ages of six and 12. In the UK, surveys of children between the ages of 5 and 15 years found that 3.62% of boys and 0.85% of girls had ADHD. Hyperkinetic Disorder is less common and prevalence estimates are around 1.5% for boys in the primary school years. Symptoms can include inattentiveness, hyperactivity and impulsiveness.
Dr Rakesh Sharma, clinical lead at the CCGs said:
“Young children often go through phases where they display some of the signs of ADHD but this does not mean they have the disorder. Parents should familiarise themselves with the signs and symptoms of ADHD so that they know how to spot it in their child.
“Before visiting your GP, we recommend first speaking with your child’s teachers and carers if you have any concerns about their behaviour.”
The cause of ADHD is not fully understood but it is thought to be caused by a combination of factors such as genetics, brain function and brain structure. It is more likely to affect people that are born prematurely, have epilepsy or have brain damage.
There are several treatments available to help people with ADHD including therapy and medication
For more information about ADHD including its symptoms and treatments, visit: https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/attention-deficit-hyperactivity-disorder-adhd/treatment/or call NHS 111.