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This page provides you with information about ADHD in children and adolescents. 

Børne- og Ungdomspsykiatrisk Afdeling (The Centre for Child and Adolescent Psychiatry) is responsible for the treatment of ADHD in children and adolescents in Central Denmark Region.

What is ADHD and ADD?

ADHD stands for Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder. In layman terms, this means that you have problems concentrating and are extremely active. 


If you have ADD, you also have problems concentrating. But you are not hyperactive.



Why do some people develop ADHD?

There are several reasons why people develop ADHD.  Especially heredity plays a big role. This means that you are at greater risk of developing ADHD if other members of your family have this disorder.

Environment may also cause ADHD. This means that your surroundings affect you. For example, if a mother smokes during pregnancy, this may increase the risk that her child develops ADHD.


“It’s nice for me to know that there is an explanation for why I find it hard to cope with all the things my friends just see as daily tasks.”
Mads, 16

“Before I got help, I argued with my parents a lot. I also often fought with my classmates. I could become so angry that I felt like I was about to explode.”
Sigrid, 14

Examination for ADHD

Venterum Skejby





Concomitant disorders

Treatment for ADHD


Advice for relatives

Text on this page updated January 2022 (version 1.03).

Most recently revised by: Consultant Per Hove Thomsen from Centre for Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, Aarhus University Hospital – Psychiatry.

Direct Link: www.en.adhd1.ps.rm.dk