What is attention deficit disorder as Prince Harry diagnosed with ADHD
05.03.2023 - 16:37
A doctor has shared how he believes Prince Harry has attention deficit disorder during a live Q&A session with the Duke.
The doctor's claim came during a video event to promote Prince Harry's memoir, Spare. Dr Gabor Maté, an expert in trauma and childhood development, told the Prince: "Whether you like it or not, I diagnosed you with ADD. It takes one to know one, so I share that diagnosis."
Attention deficit disorder (ADD) is more commonly known as attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). It is a condition that affects people's behaviour, those with ADHD can seem restless and have trouble concentrating, acting on impulse according to the NHS.
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The Mirror reports that Dr Maté told the Duke: "Reading the book, I diagnose you with ADD. I don't see it as a disease, I see it as a normal response to abnormal stress. When a kid is in a stressful environment, one way they cope with it is they scatter their attention so that they remove themselves from the stress.
"I think there's a lot of stress in your life. And I also think you're one of these sensitive kids."
Responding to the comments that he may have ADD, the Duke said: "Okay. Should I accept that or should I look into it?"
The Q&A came a month after his highly-anticipated book Spare, which details how the young Prince dealt with the death of his mother Princess Diana, was released. Harry sat down with Dr Maté on Saturday March 4 to discuss living with loss and the importance of personal healing.
As well as a renowned speaker, Dr Maté is the author of The Myth of Normal: Trauma, Illness, & Healing in a Toxic Culture, a book