Comedian and actor Johnny Vegas has revealed he has recently been diagnosed with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) – at the age of 52.

The Benidorm actor said it was “kicked around as a notion” before he was told he had the condition in the run-up to Christmas.

He told BBC Breakfast that his ADHD diagnosis “answers a lot of questions about behavioural issues” he has had.

The comedian added: "It's that sense of disorganisation and doing basic tasks… everybody has an element of it, it's how strong your filter is, I think.

"When you don't have a filter at all… very simple things become very time consuming."

The common disorder – which is often diagnosed in childhood – sparks symptoms of inattentiveness, hyperactivity and impulsiveness.

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It’s estimated that ADHD affects 3-4 per cent of the adult population, with the majority of cases going undiagnosed.

In adults, hyperactivity is less common, and symptoms are more subtle, making them tougher to identify.

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Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder can be categorised into two types of behavioural problems – inattentiveness and hyperactivity.

While most people show symptoms of both of these manners, this isn’t always the case.

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The NHS reveals that the symptoms are…

  1. Trouble concentrating
  2. Being easily distracted
  3. Difficulty staying organised
  4. Impatience and restlessness
  5. Struggling to sit still
  6. Leaving tasks unfinished
  7. Putting an unusual amount of effort into staying on top of things
  8. Low self-esteem, mood swings, struggling to deal with stress
  9. Being impulsive with money, sex, etc

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