Attention Deficit-Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)
Up to two-thirds of individuals with Dravet Syndrome also have symptoms of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD).
Attention deficit-hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is common, affecting up to 10% of all school-age children, particularly boys. It normally emerges before seven years of age.
Children with ADHD act without thinking; they are hyperactive, impulsive and have trouble focusing. They may understand what is expected of them but struggle to complete a task because they cannot sit still, pay attention, or focus to details. All children act like this sometimes, but with ADHD these symptoms are present more often. They impair a child’s ability to function socially, academically and at home.
Up to two-thirds of individuals with Dravet Syndrome also have symptoms of ADHD. The positive news is that with good treatment, children with ADHD can manage their symptoms. A diagnosis of inattention or hyperactivity enables access to treatment for this condition, whether medical or via a behavioural specialist. Ask for a referral, if you think your child/adult is showing signs of ADHD, don’t delay.
In the video below, Dr Andreas Brunklaus discusses ADHD and other behaviours that challenge that families might encounter with Dravet Syndrome and offers some practical advice on how to address these.