Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder is one of the most feared and misunderstood of all neurological medical conditions. Despite over 200 scientific papers being published on this neurological condition every year, it remains stigmatised and controversial. Yet some doctors don’t even believe it exists.
One in 20 school children are affected by ADHD, and over one million adults in the UK are affected with the condition.
It’s a complex condition where children find it difficult to concentrate or are hyperactive and impulsive. Many are often described as stupid, lazy, disorganised, wild, out of control or woozy on drugs. But the reality is altogether more complex, and deeply moving.
Unfortunately it can be hard to work out whether a child’s behaviour is normal or the sign of a behavioural disorder.