Attention Deficit / Hyperactivity Disorder is characterised by inattentiveness, hyperactivity, and impulsiveness.
What is ADHD?
The worldwide percentage of adults with this learning difference is estimated at 2.5%, although figures vary.
Males are three times more likely to be diagnosed with the neurodivergence than females
Research shows that approx 41% - 55% of families with one child with ADHD, have one parent with the learning difference too.
People with ADHD can experience impulsivity, hyperactivity, distractedness, and difficulty following instructions and completing tasks.
Since 1994, experts have used the term "Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder" to refer to neurodivergence that affects attention and concentration. However, some people do not experience hyperactivity and associated traits such as lower risk aversion or impulsivity.
The name "Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder" includes the forward-slash (/) between Attention-Deficit and Hyperactivity. This means that people diagnosed with ADHD could have either or both presentations (inattentive or hyperactive-impulsive). The presentations are:
- Attention-deficit/hyperactivity: combined presentation
- Attention-deficit/hyperactivity: predominantly inattentive presentation
- Attention-deficit/hyperactivity: predominantly hyperactive-impulsive presentation
Those with this neurodivergence can bring energy and new approaches to the work environment. Unlike other neurodivergent conditions, the strengths of people with ADHD are usually a result of their ‘hard wiring’ and not developed through challenges they face.
People with ADHD can have strengths of "hyperfocus" and "hyperactivity."
“If I'm interested in what I'm doing, I can be super focused. If I'm not interested, I'll put it off.” "I hate seeing the same patterns in games. If a pattern repeats I'll stop playing that game immediately."
Common ADHD challenges:
- Time management
- Staying on topic
Common ADHD strengths
Good Jobs for People with ADHD
- Graphic Designer
- Emergency Services
- Computer Technician