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Understanding. Acceptance. Support. #KnowADHD

To celebrate World ADHD Awareness Month we invited people with lived experience of ADHD to submit a video sharing what they wanted others to know about them and their ADHD. 

Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is a complex neurodevelopmental condition. It is thought to arise due to a delay in brain development, along with differences in brain anatomy, message transmission, and cognition. ADHD is characterised by persistent and developmentally inappropriate patterns of inattention and hyperactivity-impulsivity.

All of us can be inattentive or impulsive sometimes, but a person with ADHD will be more compromised by these traits. They will also find doing some of the things that a neuro-typical person will take for granted, very hard.

ADHD symptoms tend to be lifelong. For people who struggle with their symptoms and cognitive differences, it’s important they are correctly diagnosed and can access appropriate treatment and support.

Thank you to everyone who shared their stories and congratulations to the 2023 #knowadhd competition winners! Watch their videos and others below and read on for more information on ADHD.

First Place: Angela S.

Four Runner-Up Prizes Went To Karen G, Tom, Angela A and Indiana:

Competition closed: 31/10/22. Winners announced: 7/11/22

ADHD affects over 1.2 million Australians and New Zealanders

It is the most common mental health condition found in children. AADPA proudly led the development of the Australian Evidence-Based Clinical Guidelines for ADHD which is the most up-to-date set of protocols for the assessment, diagnosis and treatment of ADHD. Click the button below to learn more about the new Guideline.

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Every person with ADHD is different.

People with ADHD can present in different ways.  They may display:

  • only inattention symptoms;
  • only hyperactivity-impulsive symptoms; or
  • a combination of both.

They may also exhibit a range of cognitive differences, and the severity of their challenges can change depending upon the situation they are in. Situations that induce dopamine release in the brain can help to reduce a person’s ADHD symptoms.

It’s important to remember, people with ADHD have many strengths. They tend to be adventurous, good at generating novel ideas, and able to hyperfocus, which can result in high productivity.

ADHD impacts a person’s ability to exert self-control over their thoughts, words, actions and emotions.

People with ADHD can struggle to focus and concentrate. It’s hard for them to stop, think and make informed decisions or control their impulses as others may expect.

They can also struggle with self and social awareness, planning and prioritising, getting organised, and time management. This can make it difficult to study, work, and manage their responsibilities. Sometimes it’s hard to relax, socialise, and enjoy themselves. Often people with ADHD will have poor self-confidence and self-esteem.

Talking About ADHD Language Guide

Sometimes it can be hard to know how to talk about ADHD. Am I using appropriate language? Are the things I’m saying harmful or negative? Do they feed into stereotypes? The Talking About ADHD guide is about the ins and outs of ADHD and dispels a few myths.

But most of all, it was designed to encourage people to use language that fosters understanding and awareness of ADHD.

Positive is powerful.
Realistic optimism is necessary.

Download Talking About ADHD Guide Here

National ADHD helpline and support desk

If you would like to talk to someone about an ADHD diagnosis, are trying to find a clinician or support group, have a question, or just need to talk to someone who understands ADHD, the ADHD Foundation National Helpline is here to take your calls and answer your emails.
1300 39 39 19