It can be normal for children to be highly active when they are younger. However, for some children, there could be an underlying difficulty, such as attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD).

Someone with ADHD may have difficulty with inattention; finding it difficult to concentrate for long periods of time, and be easily distracted. They may also come across as overactive; being fidgety, finding it hard to sit still, and talking a lot. Being impulsive is another characteristic of ADHD; saying or doing things without thinking, difficulty following instructions or interrupting other people. 

ADHD can impact different aspects of a child’s life including school, peer relationships, self-esteem, sleep and family life, and professional support may be required.


Key Point

Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is a group of behavioural symptoms that include inattentiveness, hyperactivity and impulsiveness.