What is ADHD?

USpace, St Vincent's Private Hospital Sydney

Psychiatrist Dr Richard Baker explains Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) - a developmental disorder that begins in early childhood.


Around 1 in every 20 Australians has ADHD. It is more common in boys. More than 3 in 4 children diagnosed with ADHD continue to experience the symptoms into adulthood.


ADHD affects the brain’s executive functioning — the ability to self-regulate and control thoughts, words, actions and emotions.

Timestamps

00:00 - What is ADHD

1:08 - What causes ADHD?

1:32 - Can you be cured of ADHD?

1:56 - What are the symptoms?

2:37 - How is ADHD diagnosed?

3:35 - What treatments are available?

4:16 - What are the side effects of ADHD medication?

4:44 - Is there an over-diagnosis of ADHD?