Health conditions

Attention defecit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD)

Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is a condition that affects a young child’s behaviour or development (learning).

Symptoms include difficulty staying focused and paying attention, difficulty controlling behaviour, and hyperactivity (over-activity).

It is one of the most common childhood disorders and can continue through adolescence and adulthood.

The cause of ADHD is unknown.

Child and adolescents

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Where to get help

  • See your doctor or contact your local community CAMHS service
  • For urgent mental health issues the Acute Response Team is available 24 hours per day 7 days a week on 1800 048 636
  • In an emergency attend an emergency department or call 000


Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service

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Related sites

  • Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service (external site)
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