What is ADHD?

Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) is a neurobiological condition that affects between 1 and 5 percent of the whole population.

It is believed to be genetic in origin as very frequently it is found that a child with ADHD will have a close family member (parent, grandparent, aunt or uncle) who has it him or herself.

A person with this condition will have a severe inability to maintain attention and organise themselves to perform tasks, they will lack self-control due to impulsivity and they may act inappropriately or say inappropriate things. In cases where hyperactivity is present they will also be unable to limit their physical activity and/or restlessness as is appropriate for the situation they are in.

When hyperactivity is not present the person will present differently. They will be primarily inattentive and with a very reduced ability to pay attention (e.g. day-dreamy)

These difficulties are prevalent in all aspects of life and not just in school, although for children with ADHD a classroom environment can prove to be very debilitating.

Driving and ADHD

ADHD is one of the many conditions listed on the Gov.uk website in Health Conditions and Driving.

It states that you may need to tell DVLA if you have ADHD.
You should check with your doctor if you’re not sure if your ADHD affects your driving and you must tell DVLA if it does.

You can be fined up to £1,000 if you don’t tell DVLA about a medical condition that affects your driving and you may be prosecuted if you’re involved in an accident as a result.