ADHD Awareness Month 2020

Common Questions & Answers

We have collected some of those questions and selected internationally-respected researchers and ADHD professionals to answer them.Click on the question for a short answer and a link to a more in-depth one including a useful infographic.

  • Questions people ask:

    What is the difference in ADHD between males and females? Research has found that the symptoms of ADHD in males and females are more alike than different. But when you ask men and women about their lived experiences with ADHD, you are likely to find some striking differences. Read more here

    What is the connection between ADHD and sleep problems? ADHD and sleep problems are intimately intertwined in 80% of children and adults with ADHD during lifetime. The sleep loss results in increased severity of ADHD symptoms, depression, obesity, and chronic diseases in the long term. Read more here 

    How are ADHD and executive functioning related? ADHD involves problems with setting priorities, getting organized and getting started; sustaining attention and effort, managing alertness and emotions; utilizing working memory and other aspects of the brain’s self-management system, its “executive functions.” Read more here

  • Child/ren with ADHD:

    If my child has extra time and other accommodations at school, isn’t that cheating? Recognition of attention problems as a disability allows us to make specific and evidence based accommodations specific to that child’s impairments. All accommodations are fair when they give a child the opportunity to show what they have been able to learn. Read more here

  • Help & Success in Life:

    Can you have a successful life with ADHD? ADHD does present challenges, but among the unique characteristics of ADHD, there are both positive and negative traits. These traits provide benefits, resources, skills and strategies you can use to overcome those challenges. Read more here 

    What can help people with ADHD who need to spend a lot of time on their computers?Whether viewing interesting or tedious material on computer screens for long periods of time, the very act can be physically, mentally, and emotionally stressful. Fortunately, many simple-to-use strategies are easily accessible, readily available, and offer relief. Read more here

  • Health & Health Living:

    What are some ways to reduce stress with ADHD? Medication, psychotherapy or coaching are often important first steps to reduce stress with ADHD by lowering core ADHD symptoms, changing unhelpful habits, and achieving goals. At the same time, a healthy lifestyle (regular daily routine, adequate sleep, healthy diet, exercise, time in nature), mindfulness practice, and effective communication create the foundation for stress resilience. Read more here

  • Relationships:

    What are the most common relationship issues when one partner has ADHD? Having under-managed ADHD in your relationship means angry interactions are likely. But once you understand ADHD better, you can find the love you thought you had lost. Read more here

    What is the relationship between ADHD and emotional regulation? Throughout its 240+ year history in the medical literature, ADHD was known to be associated with significant problems with impulsive emotion and poor emotional self-regulation so much so that some theorists considered it a core feature of the disorder. Read more here

  • ADHD in the Workplace:
  • Diagnosis & Treatment of ADHD:


ADHD Europe has partnered with ADHD Awareness Month Coalition is to educate the public about ADHD. The Coalition members include the Attention Deficit Disorder Association (ADDA), ADHD Coaches Organization (ACO), and Children and Adults with Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (CHADD) 

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