Sunday, February 19, 2017

What is it really like to have Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)?

Nottingham: The Institute of Mental Health has brought together researchers, clinicians and people with lived experience of ADHD to help promote better understanding of the condition at its annual engagement conference. At the event on Friday February 3, CANDAL, the Institute’s Centre for ADHD and Neurodevelopmental Disorders Across the Lifespan, showcased an ‘in my shoes experience’ developed by Shire and supported by CANDAL members Professor David Daley and Blandine French. Professor David Daley, who has been leading the research, said: “Promoting public understanding about neurodevelopmental disorders is one CANDAL’s key aims. ‘In my shoes’ is a live action virtual reality experience that allows individuals to enter the world of three different people with ADHD and experience how it feels to have that condition.”

This innovative experience helps people fully understand what it is like to have ADHD so that they can see the individual behind the disorder.

It aims to:
  • Highlight the reality of living with ADHD
  • Challenge perceptions about ADHD
  • Showcase everyday patient experiences
  • Build empathy for individuals living with ADHD
The Institute of Mental Health, partnership between the University of Nottingham and Nottinghamshire Healthcare Trust.
Further information is available on the Institute of Mental Health website at

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More information is available from Professor David Daley in the Institute of Mental Health and the University's School of Medicine on 0115 823 0261,