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Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD)

Adult ADHD

Adult ADHDAttention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is a behavioural syndrome characterised by hyperactivity and/or inattention leading to impairment in social, academic and occupational functioning. The core group of symptoms of ADHD include persistent impulsivity, hyperactivity and inattention.

For more information on the condition, see Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder in Adults.

Childhood ADHD

Child ADHDADHD is best known as a condition of children in preschool and early school years, although the presence of ADHD is increasingly recognised in some adults as a remnant of their childhood conditions. Between 30% and 70% of children with ADHD will continue to display symptoms of the disorder in adulthood.

For more information on the condition, see Childhood ADHD.

Tool: Evaluating ADHD in adults

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ADHD treatments

Stimulants for ADHD

Stimulants for ADHDPsychostimulants are medications that increase the amount of chemical messengers to stimulate certain areas of the brain. There is good evidence that psychostimulants can reduce symptoms of inattention and hyperactivity/impulsitivity. It is essential that an accurate diagnosis of ADHD be made and confirmed before medication is commenced.

For more information on this treatment, see Stimulants for ADHD.


FAILSAFE dietFAILSAFE stands for Free of Additives, Low in Salicylates, Amines and Flavour Enhancers. The compounds eliminated from the FAILSAFE diet cause adverse reactions in food intolerant individuals, and can also lead to mood disorders, digestive disorders and sleeping problems. The FAILSAFE diet can reduce symptoms of hyperactivity in ADHD.

For more information on this symptom, see FAILSAFE Diet for ADHD.   

Supportive care

Learning and Attentional Disorders Society of WA (LADS)

LADSThe Learning and Attentional Disorders Society of WA (LADS) is a support, information and advocacy agency for people with ADHD and associated conditions. The Mission of LADS is to provide support, advocacy and accurate information to individuals, parents, families and all people affected by ADHD and associated conditions.

For more information on this group, see LADS.

ADDults with ADHD (NSW) Inc.

ADDults with ADHDADDults with ADHD (NSW) Inc. is a non-funded voluntary organisation established in 1995 to address the needs of adults with ADHD and other related conditions, and their families. It is the only organisation specifically supporting adults with ADHD in Australia.

For more information on this group, see ADDults with ADHD.


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Posted On: 23 October, 2009
Modified On: 24 May, 2013


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