Attention Deficit Disorder

It is estimated that from 3% to 10% of the population has Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD) or Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD).

No one knows exactly what causes ADD/ADHD. Scientific evidence suggests that it is genetically transmitted in many cases and results from a chemical imbalance or deficiency in certain neurotransmitters, which are chemicals that help the brain regulate behaviour. Whilst this is more common in children, ADD/ADHD can continue into adulthood.

You may have the following difficulties while studying if you have ADD or ADHD:

  • Giving close attention to details or making careless mistakes in coursework, work, or other activities
  • Sustaining attention in tasks or leisure activities
  • Seeming not to listen when spoken to directly
  • Not following through on instructions and not finishing work related to study, chores or duties in the workplace (but this is not due to oppositional behaviour or failure to understand instructions)
  • Organising tasks and activities
  • Avoiding or being reluctant to engage in tasks that require sustained mental effort (such as lectures, practical activities or written work)
  • Losing things necessary for tasks or activities (e.g., assignments, pencils, books, or tools)
  • Being easily distracted by extraneous stimuli
  • Being forgetful in daily activities

If you experience difficulty with anything listed above, please contact us so we can ensure you have the best support in place while you’re studying.

Email: disability@salford.ac.uk
Phone: 0161 295 0023 (option 1, option 2)