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Help with our ADHD research

About this study

At the National Centre for Mental Health (NCMH), we are trying to understand why some young people experience neurodevelopmental difficulties, such as Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) or autism, and mental health problems, like depression or anxiety.

ADHD is a complex condition which can affect individuals in different ways. We are trying to understand more about ADHD and to help us do this, we are looking for volunteers to take part in research.

We need as many people as possible to take part –wherever you live in the UK.

Not much is known about what happens to children with neurodevelopmental and mental health difficulties as they get older. Linking the information you provide to other records will help us get an even better understanding of these difficulties now and improve treatment and support in the future.

To take part

If you are happy to take part in this study please visit our online survey platform to get started.

What will I have to do?

If you decide to take part, we will ask you to provide us with some basic information about you, your child and their neurodevelopment and mental health in order to help us answer these important research questions.

The questions will ask about one child with an ADHD diagnosis. If you have more than one child with an ADHD diagnosis, the questionnaire can be completed multiple times.

Taking part is voluntary: it’s up to you to choose if you want to sign up.

If you join us, you’ll be asked whether you would be willing to:

  1. Provide us with your contact details (e.g. address, email address and phone number) and some personal information about you and your child (e.g. date of birth, ethnic group and employment status).
  2. Answer some questions about your child’s mental and physical health and lifestyle. This will take approximately 15-20 minutes.
  3. Allow us to contact you every 6-12 months, to invite you to provide more information about you and your child’s lifestyle, general health and mental health.
  4. Allow us to contact you in the future about other studies that you may want to take part in. There will be no obligation for you to take part in these future opportunities.
  5. Allow us to share anonymous information with other researchers if they have scientific and ethical approval for the questions that they would like to answer.
  6. To help make your participation even more valuable. We would like to link the information you have provided us with, to information that the NHS and other public organisations collect about you e.g. GP, hospital and education records.



Looking for more information first? We’ve put together the answers to some frequently asked questions.

To take part

If you are happy to take part in this study please visit our online survey platform to get started.


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