Chapter 1. What is ADHD?

  1. Chris Chandler

Published Online: 13 AUG 2010

DOI: 10.1002/9781444328172.ch1

Science of ADHD, The

Science of ADHD, The

How to Cite

Chandler, C. (2010) What is ADHD?, in Science of ADHD, The, Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781444328172.ch1

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 13 AUG 2010
  2. Published Print: 24 SEP 2010

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781405162340

Online ISBN: 9781444328172



  • Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) - cluster of behaviors, more often than not, seen together;
  • ADHD and impulsivity, inattention and hyperactivity;
  • ADHD in scientific literature - disorder, complex neurobehavioral problems with genetic component;
  • ADHD, neurobehavioral disorder of great complexity - disorder with a genetic pedigree;
  • diagnostic criteria of ADHD - and what it is like to live with the disorder;
  • Kurt Cobain and Michael Phelps' ADHD - two faces of the same coin, creative backbone and front man of Nirvana, ADHD with comorbidities;
  • three key symptoms of ADHD;
  • symptoms of ADHD - impact on those they come into contact with;
  • ADHD problems, restricted to individual with diagnosis - ADHD affecting all those around them, the parents;
  • impulsivity and inability to interact with other children - isolating for the child with ADHD


This chapter contains sections titled:

  • What Does ADHD Look Like and Who Has It?

  • ADHD - Two Faces of the Same Coin

  • The Negative Impact of ADHD

  • What is ADHD Like?

  • ADHD: Science and Society

  • Summary