ADHD Awareness Month 2022; Understanding a Shared Experience

Attention-deficit / hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is a behavioural disorder with three key aspects, inattention, hyperactivity, and impulsivity. It affects home life and school, and can have a significant impact on a child’s academic success and their relationships.

According to data published by the National Institute for Health Care and Excellence (NICE), the global prevalence of ADHD in children is estimated to be around 5%. ADHD is more commonly diagnosed, and treated, in boys than girls, possibly because boys are more likely to have disruptive behaviour, whereas girls are more likely to have the inattentive type and less likely to have other conditions.

Celebrated every October, ADHD Awareness Month is organised by the ADHD Awareness Coalition in partnership with ADHD Awareness Europe. ADHD Awareness Month aims to educate the public about ADHD by disseminating information informed by evidence-based research. This year’s theme is ‘Understanding a shared experience‘.

This ADHD Awareness Month, we encourage you to explore the learning opportunities available on our website, and to share with your networks. Together we can correct misunderstandings, educate the wider public, and highlight the lived, and shared, experience of young people with ADHD.

We have gathered a range of FREE learning resources from leading academics, clinicians, researchers, and lived experience perspectives to raise awareness this ADHD Awareness Month


Topic Guides


  • NEW Podcast with Dr. Blandine French, Ruth Pearse, Alex and Emily ‘Managing Impulsive and Risky Behaviour – Episode 6 ‘ADHD, A Young Person’s Guide’
  • NEW Podcast with Dr. Blandine French, Dr. Jo Steer, Emily, Anita and Firdawsi ‘Women and ADHD: Diagnosis & Management – Episode 5 ‘ADHD, A Young Person’s Guide’’
  • NEW Podcast with Dr. Blandine French and Dr. Jo Steer ‘Women and ADHD – Episode 4 ‘ADHD, A Young Person’s Guide’
  • NEW Podcast with Dr. Blandine French, Helen Tracey, and Emily El-Bahrawy ‘ADHD and Sleep – Episode 3 ‘ADHD, A Young Person’s Guide’’
  • NEW Podcast with Dr. Blandine French, Dr. Anna Price, and Anita Salimi ‘Adjusting to Change – Episode 2 ‘ADHD, A Young Person’s Guide’’
  • NEW Podcast with Dr. Blandine French, Ruth Pearse, and Chris, a university student, ‘Getting the Right Support – Episode 1 ‘ADHD, A Young Person’s Guide’’
  • Podcast with Dr. Aja Murray ‘ADHD, Comorbidity, and Longitudinal Research’
  • Podcast with Dr. Melissa Mulraney ‘ADHD, Self-Harm, and the Importance of Early Childhood Intervention’
  • Podcast with Dr. Blandine French ‘ADHD and the implications of a lack of awareness within primary care’

Lectures, talks, and discussions

  • NEW Recorded Webinar ‘CAMHS around the Campfire journal club – ADHD deficit in school performance across sex and parental education’ with Hans Fredrik Sunde, Dr. Max Davie, Anita Salimi, André Tomlin, Douglas Badenoch, and Elisavet Palaiologou
  • Video Abstract ‘Aggressive behaviours and ADHD symptoms in childhood’ with Dr. Aja Murray & Dr. Lydia Speyer 
  • Recorded Webinar ‘ADHD in CYP with autism, and pharmacological treatment ‘CAMHS around the Campfire’’ with Dr. Stephanie Ameis, Professor Samuele Cortese, André Tomlin, and Douglas Badenoch
  • Video Abstract ‘Prospective impact of COVID‐19 on mental health functioning in adolescents with and without ADHD: protective role of emotion regulation abilities’ with Dr. Rosanna Breaux
  • Video Abstract ‘ADHD and risk for subsequent adverse childhood experiences: understanding the cycle of adversity’ with Dr. Claudia Lugo‐Candelas


Open Access papers from ACAMH journals

  • JCPP Original Article ‘How interactions between ADHD and schools affect educational achievement: a family-based genetically sensitive study’. (2022) Cheesman, R., Eilertsen, E. M., Ayorech, Z., Borgen, N. T., Andreassen, O. A., Larsson, H., Zachrisson, H., Torvik, F. A., Ystrom, E.
  • JCPP Original Article ‘Mother’s and children’s ADHD genetic risk, household chaos and children’s ADHD symptoms: A gene–environment correlation study’. (2022) Agnew-Blais, J. C., Wertz, J., Arseneault, L., Belsky, D. W., Danese, A., Pingault, J-B., Polanczyk, G. V., Sugden, K., Williams, B., Moffitt, T.E.
  • JCPP Editorial Perspective ‘Editorial Perspective: Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder viewed as neuro-divergence in the digital world’. (2022) Sonuga-Barke, E., Kostyrka-Allchorne, K.
  • JCPP Practitioner Review ‘Practitioner Review: Attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder and autism spectrum disorder – the importance of depression’. (2022) Thapar, A., Livingston, L. A., Eyre, O., Riglin, L.
  • JCPP Original Article ‘Does emotion dysregulation mediate the association between ADHD symptoms and internalizing problems? A longitudinal within-person analysis in a large population-representative study’. (2022) Antony, E. M-A., Pihlajamäki, M., Speyer, L. G., Murray, A. L.
  • JCPP Original Article ‘Altered theta–beta ratio in infancy associates with family history of ADHD and later ADHD-relevant temperamental traits’. (2022) Begum-Ali, J., Goodwin, A., Mason, L., Pasco, G., Charman, T., Johnson, M. H., Jones, E. J. H., the STAARS Team
  • CAMH Original Article ‘Self-harm as the first presentation of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder in adolescents’. (2021) Headley Ward, J., Curran, S. 
  • CAMH Original Article ‘A self-help version of the New Forest Parenting Programme for parents of children with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder: a qualitative study of parent views and acceptability’. (2021) Tarver, J., Daley, D., Sayal, K.
  • CAMH Review Article ‘Review: Which components of behavioral parent and teacher training work for children with ADHD? – a metaregression analysis on child behavioral outcomes’. (2021) Hornstra, R., Groenman, A. P., van der Oord, S., Luman, M., Dekkers, T. J., van der Veen-Mulders, L., Hoekstra, P. J., van den Hoofdakker, B. J.
  • JCPP Advances Original Article ‘Risk of attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder in offspring of mothers with infections during pregnancy’. (2022) Walle, K. M., Askeland, R. B., Gustavson, K., Mjaaland, S., Ystrom, E., Lipkin, W. I., Magnus, P., Stoltenberg, C., Susser, E., Bresnahan, M., Hornig, M., Reichborn-Kjennerud, T., Ask, H.
  • JCPP Advances Editorial ‘Polygenic risk scores and early manifestations of attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder’. (2022) Larsson, H., Polanczyk, G. V.
  • JCPP Advances Original Article ‘The ADHD deficit in school performance across sex and parental education: A prospective sibling-comparison register study of 344,152 Norwegian adolescents’. (2022) Sunde, H. F., Kleppestø, T. H., Gustavson, K., Nordmo, M., Reme, B-A., Torvik, F. A.
  • JCPP Advances Original Article ‘Preschool development, temperament and genetic liability as early markers of childhood ADHD: A cohort study’. (2022) Tobarra-Sanchez, E., Riglin, L., Agha, S. S., Stergiakouli, E., Thapar, A., Langley, K.


Brilliant set of resources – thank you

I am looking for management, I thought it was just something as a kid but I noticed it more into adulthood and I may also need to get rediagnosed. I need help also with a management but I know I have it but on paper I was assessed so many years ago and when I write tests it was very hard getting accommodations to write in a private room as I also have moderate anxiety. I know I will be schooling more and I have many goals in life but my ADHD is making it hard as cannot stay focused.

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