It’s ADHD Awareness Week! October 14th – 20th

Kim Korf-Uzan, Project Manager, Mental Health Literacy on October 11, 2013

It’s ADHD Awareness Week! October 14th – 20th

ADHD stands for Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder. It is one of the most common mental health disorders in children and youth. ADHD affects approximately 5-10% of children and youth. This means that between one and three kids in every classroom has ADHD.

ADHD can impact the way that people act and interact with the world around them. Children and youth with ADHD usually have some combination of challenges with:

  • paying attention
  • being restless
  • acting before thinking

This year, ADHD Awareness Week is taking place from October 14th to October 20th. There are a number of events happening across BC to raise awareness and understanding of ADHD, including webinars and talks on ADHD, and book displays at local libraries.

One big misunderstanding about ADHD is that it is caused by bad parenting, poor teaching skills, or children and youth eating too much sugar, but this is absolutely NOT TRUE! The cause of ADHD is not fully understood, but we know that people with ADHD have differences in their brain chemicals and the structure of their brain. When a child with ADHD has trouble focusing or remembering instructions and fidgets a lot, it’s not because they are being defiant or haven’t been taught rules. Rather, it is a symptom of their ADHD.

Did you know that many famous and successful people have ADHD? Examples include TV show host Howie Mandel, pop superstar Justin Timberlake, chef Jamie Oliver, and Olympic swimmer Michael Phelps. Children and youth with ADHD may have trouble paying attention, but they are often also very energetic and enthusiastic.

The great news about ADHD is that it is one of the most treatable mental health disorders in children and youth. ADHD is usually treated using of a combination of medications and behavioural strategies. To learn more about ADHD, visit the ADHD section of the Kelty website, or check out some of the other ADHD resources listed below:

Centre for ADHD Awareness Canada (

Canadian ADHD Resource Alliance (

Children & Adults with ADHD ( or


ADHD Awareness Week website:

ADDitude Magazine:


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