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Health Focus: ADHD

Marie-Louise Connolly talks to Amanda Hayes about her daughter who was diagnosed with ADHD at the age of seven.

A weekly news feature looking at health from a personal perspective is being aired every Monday on BBC Newsline.

Health Correspondent Marie-Louise Connolly looks in-depth at health issues and conditions that affect our everyday lives.

To kick off the series, we look at a condition that affects nearly 10% of school age children: ADHD, or attention deficit hyperactivity disorder.

It is a neuro-biological genetic disorder where the chemical messengers of the brain do not work properly.

A child may show signs of the condition even before school age. He or she may be overactive, inattentive, impulsive, disorganised even a little clumsy.

We talk to one mother about her daughter who was diagnosed with the condition when she was seven-years-old.

Sarah Salters, director of NI Add Support Centre, explains when alarm bells should start to ring for parents.

We also talk to the director of the NI ADD Support Centre, who tells us how parents can recognise the condition.

You can see Health Focus on BBC Newsline every Monday.

So if you have something you would like to see included in this slot, you can e-mail marie-louise.connolly@bbc.co.uk.



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