What is ADHD


The symptoms of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) can be categorised into 2 types of behavioural problems:

  • Inattentiveness (difficulty concentrating and focusing)
  • Hyperactivity and impulsiveness

Many people with ADHD have problems that fall into both these categories, but this is not always the case.


For example, around 2 to 3 in 10 people with the condition have problems with concentrating and focusing, but not with hyperactivity or impulsiveness.

This form of ADHD is also known as attention deficit disorder (ADD). ADD can sometimes go unnoticed because the symptoms may be less obvious.


ADHD is more often diagnosed in boys than girls. Girls are more likely to have symptoms of inattentiveness only, and are less likely to show disruptive behaviour that makes ADHD symptoms more obvious. This means girls who have ADHD may not always be diagnosed.


Find the NICE diagnosis here.


What Is An ADHD Coach?

Before diving in, let’s take 60-seconds to ensure we all understand what an ADHD coach is.

An ADHD coach assists people with ADHD build effective strategies to address challenges and manage their lives better. They help their clients develop structure, skills, and action plans to tackle any responsibilities or goals made more difficult by ADHD symptoms.

An ADHD coach may help you improve specific areas of your life, such as:

  • Staying organized: This includes learning to set priorities, manage time, keep records, organize your workspace or home, and plan ahead to prepare for challenges.
  • Keeping on track: You can learn how to set goals, solve problems, keep yourself motivated, and be persistent with your tasks.
  • Managing emotions: You can work on building self-esteem and confidence, improving impulse control, and finding healthy ways to manage stress.
  • Improving relationships: Your coach may help you nurture your communication skills, to strengthen relationships with your friends, family, partner, or colleagues.

ADHD coaching alone (or in combination with treatment) can positively impact your task performance, social skills, and emotions. But the key to reaping these benefits is finding a professional coach who understands your needs and goals.

So Solihull CBT offers a 2 in 1 approach - a therapist with coaching skills that will develop a bespoke treatment plan just for you.