Find out about ADHD


Attention deficit (hyperactivity) disorder AD(H)D has three primary types: hyperactivity, impulsivity and inattentiveness.  In adults the most common presentation is inattentive.  If an adult has a diagnosis from childhood, it is more likely to be because of hyperactivity.  It is a myth that adults "grow out of it".  The reality is that it changes and morphs into different focuses and often unsafe behaviours.

It is thought that 4% have AD(H)D

A diagnosis is available through the NHS although waiting lists can belong.  You could be referred to a psychologist for diagnosis

Features of AD(H)D


  • Crisis problem solving
  • Lateral thinking
  • Big-picture thinking
  • Connecting several ideas together
  • Empathy


  • Staying on or completing a task
  • Interruption in discussions
  • Ability to carry out a list of instructions
  • Disorganised
  • Acting without thinking

AD(H)D - Reasonable Adjustments

Some suggestions for workplace changes are listed below

Examples of where key reasonable adjustments can be made are listed below but, this is not an exhaustive list and not everything will be applicable to everyone.

  • Visual prompts
  • Physical reminders
  • Flexible working hours
  • Delegating non-core (basic admin) work
  • Work environment modifications
  • Work management changes
  • Technology
  • Coaching

If you have any concerns or want to find out more please contact your TSSA rep or the TSSA Helpdesk

Want to find out more about AD(H)D – here's the best place to start


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