ADHD

Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) is most commonly thought of as a condition found in children. Although many children diagnosed with ADHD improve with age, the condition can continue into adulthood and in some cases is not diagnosed until then.

Symptoms of ADHD


The symptoms of ADHD in adults differ from those in children but generally fall into the following categories:

  • Lack of concentration – the inability to remain attentive to the task in hand, for example, reading or listening to others, is a common problem and whilst not disruptive in the same way as other symptoms, can make it difficult in social or work situations.
  • Hyperfocus – at the other end of the spectrum, some sufferers become completely absorbed in a task if they are particularly interested in it at the expense of other, more important activities such as eating or sleeping.
  • Forgetfulness and disorganisation – common symptoms include being late for or completely forgetting appointments or deadlines; losing everyday items such as keys or a phone and a general inability to manage time.
  • Impulsiveness- acting before thinking, rushing into speaking or making decisions without considering the consequences can be distressing for both the sufferer and those around them.
  • Emotional difficulties – managing feelings can be problematic, particularly when angry or frustrated.  This can lead to being overly sensitive to criticism, low self-esteem and insecurity.
  • Hyperactivity – in adults, these feelings are more internalised than in children, for example, racing thoughts, craving excitement and taking excessive risks.

Treatment of ADHD


Undiagnosed and untreated, Adult ADHD can have a detrimental effect on both physical and mental health, career and financial difficulties and relationship problems.  Some self-help techniques such as exercising vigorously and regularly, sleeping well and creating an organised environment can be helpful.  However, if you are unable to manage the symptoms of ADHD it may be time to seek additional help.

Our psychiatrists are able to diagnose this condition and will work with you to develop a plan for managing it.  This may include medication, but also some self-help techniques and referral for therapy such as Cognitive Behavioural Therapy.


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