ADHD in people with Intellectual Disability


ADHD is highly prevalent among individuals with Intellectual Disability (ID), with current studies indicating that approximately one in five people with ID may have coexisting ADHD. Despite the strong evidence supporting the effectiveness of ADHD treatments and interventions, this comorbidity remains largely underdiagnosed. Consequently, individuals with ID and ADHD are at high risk of not receiving the recommended treatments and interventions, impeding their overall well-being and functioning.

Several factors contribute to the under diagnosis of ADHD in this population. These include:

  • limited research/research funding on ADHD in individuals with ID
  • challenges in applying diagnostic criteria
  • varied manifestations of ADHD in individuals with ID among many others.

In light of these issues, this project aimed to create a concise, accessible animation video for individuals with ID, their caregivers, professionals, and the general public. The video raises awareness about the diagnosis of ADHD in individuals with ID and explores its manifestations, associated challenges, and potential beneficial interventions.


Drawing on current research conducted on ADHD in the ID population, the video output about this project, funded by NIHR ARC North Thames via Mental Health Research for All springboard funding, serves as a valuable resource to foster understanding and knowledge among diverse stakeholders. The overarching goal of this awareness-raising initiative was to inspire further research focusing on ADHD within the ID context, ultimately driving increased funding support in this area.

By increasing awareness and understanding of this comorbidity, this project subsequently encourages timely and appropriate diagnoses, to improve outcomes and quality of life for individuals with ID and ADHD.

Partners & Collaborators

North East London NHS Foundation Trust (NELFT)


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