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Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)

One of the most common mental health conditions seen in children and young people is Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, more commonly referred to as ADHD.

ADHD is not a mental health disorder but a neurodevelopmental condition. It is a persistent pattern of inattention, hyperactivity and impulsivity that is more extreme than is typically observed in individuals at a similar stage of development. It is evident at a young age and the symptoms are evident in many different settings (for example, at school as well as at home).

More information about ADHD

Symptoms of ADHD include:

  • Hyperactivity – unable to sit still, fidgety, fiddling with things and problems with sleep
  • Inattention – difficulties concentrating, disorganised, forgetful and struggle to complete tasks
  • Impulsivity – speaking out and acting without thinking, interrupting others, difficulty waiting their turn

While ADHD-like symptoms are found in many people some of the time, in people with ADHD they are persistent over time and lead to difficulty with certain functions.

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Useful apps

  • Smiling Mind - Smiling Mind is a web and app-based program developed by psychologists and educators to help bring balance to people’s lives.
  • Brili - Sets up daily routines/reminders for kids; particularly helpful for those with behaviour or conduct disorders, autism or ADHD to help provide structure and consistency.

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Books

  • All dogs have ADHD by Kathy Hoopmann
  • Attention Games: 101 Fun, Easy Games That Help Kids Learn To Focus by Barbara Sher
  • CBT Toolbox for Children and Adolescents by Amanda Crowder, Lisa Weed Phifer and Tracy Elsenraat
  • Mis-Understanding ADHD: The complete guide for parents to alternatives to drugs by Dr Sami Timimi
  • Parenting the ADD Child – Can’t Do? Won’t Do? Practical Strategies for Managing Behaviour Problems in children with ADD and ADHD by David Pentecost
  • The Big Book of Blob Trees by Pip Wilson
  • Understanding A. D. H. D. A Parent's Guide to Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder in Children by Dr Christopher Green and Dr Kit Chee
  • Understanding ADHD, Autism, Dyspraxia, Tics and Dyslexia: A Guide for Parents by Dr C R Yemula and Dr U Chowdhury
  • Lancashire Libraries - Reading Well for Young People – Shelf Help
  • The Charlie Waller Memorial Trust book recommendations and book club

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Helpful information, guides, tools and classroom resources for education professionals

Self-help material to recommend to children, young people and families/carers

  • HeadMedsGives general information about medication. HeadMeds does not give medical advice.​​​​​​
  • Living with ADHD - Useful resources, hints and tips for those living with ADHD, parents and professionals
  • ADHD Foundation - Support, advice and self-management of ADHD
  • Health and Social Care Board - Choice and Medication leaflets are designed to help service users, carers and family members understand their medicines better, and to make more informed decisions, best as part of a discussion with a healthcare professional.

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Online places to signpost children, young people and families/carers to for further help

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Blackburn with Darwen

Your Primary Mental Health WorkerHelen Capstick.

Chorley and South Ribble

Your Primary Mental Health WorkerMichelle Taylor

Fylde and Wyre

Your Primary Mental Health WorkersLiz Loftus, Joanne Collins (Wyre) and Lucy Fenucciu (Fylde).

North Lancashire

Your Primary Mental Health Worker: Wendy Hart

West Lancashire

Your Primary Mental Health Worker: Dawn Meakin


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Blackpool

Your Primary Mental Health Workers: Helen SmithBethanne Bullion and Stephanie Rowe

East Lancashire

Your Primary Mental Health Worker: Aliki Mavraki

  • ADHD North West offers half and full day workshops for parents and professionals. Each workshop is designed to establish current thinking and experience of attendees, provide in-depth knowledge of ADHD and its impact, and explain the differences in the brain and the role of prescribed medication.
  • MIND offer training on a variety of topics. Check their website for which courses are currently running
  • MindEd provides online training in emotional and behavioural ‘first aid’ and essential therapeutic skills for all those involved in the mental wellbeing and care of children and young people in the UK. Check their website for which courses are currently running

Greater Preston

Your Primary Mental Health Worker: Shamaila Iqbal

South Cumbria

Your Primary Mental Health Worker: Nikki Swan


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If you cannot find the help or advice you are searching for or you need other support for a child or young person, please contact your local Primary Mental Health Worker. Their names and email addresses can be found by clicking on the relevant geographical area of the 'Training' section above.

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