Celebrating ADHD Awareness Month

October is ADHD Awareness Month and this year’s theme is Understanding a Shared Experience. The month is a time to celebrate the difference found in neurodiversity while also advocating for new perspectives and better support systems. 

Everybody can have difficulty sitting still, paying attention or controlling impulsive behaviour once in a while. For some people, however, the problems are so pervasive and persistent that they interfere with every aspect of their life: home, academic, social and work.

Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is a neurodevelopmental disorder affecting 11 per cent of school-age children (Visser, et al., 2014.) Symptoms continue into adulthood in more than three-quarters of cases (Brown, 2013.) ADHD is characterised by developmentally inappropriate levels of inattention, impulsivity and hyperactivity. 

Individuals with ADHD can be very successful in life. However, without identification and proper treatment, ADHD may have serious consequences, including school failure, family stress and disruption, depression, problems with relationships, substance abuse, delinquency, accidental injuries and job failure. Early identification and treatment are extremely important.

The Cirdan Sailing Trust is proud to help and work with young people with a range of needs and challenges including ADHD. 

To find out more and get support, here are some useful links: 

www.adhdawarenessmonth.org 

www.adhdfoundation.org.uk

www.adhduk.co.uk 

www.nhs.uk