ADHD is a behavioural disorder which often becomes obvious in early childhood. The behaviours are due to underlying problems of poor attention, hyperactivity and impulsivity.
About 1 in 3 children with a diagnosis of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder can grow out of the condition and not require any ADHD treatment as adults.
However, some people find that ADHD continues into adulthood, which means they have difficulty with entering a more focused mode and always experience their minds as fast moving. This can be especially important with our demanding modern lifestyles.
Sometimes, alongside the inability to focus, people with ADHD also experience impulsivity, hyperactivity or lack of organization skills. ADHD symptoms include:
- Difficulty concentrating or following details
- Not being able to focus when others are speaking
- Poor organisation skills
- General forgetfulness
- Restlessness and fidgeting
- Inability to sit or lie still
- Speaking too loudly or quickly
- General impatience
- Tendency to interrupt
- Irritability at small things
- Risk-taking behaviour
How is ADHD diagnosed?
There is no single, simple, definitive test for ADHD. The diagnostic process will usually involve two consultations carried out by the psychiatrist.
s well as talking through patterns of behaviour, looking at school reports and/or collateral information from childhood and completing a specialist diagnostic tool may all play a part in reaching a diagnosis.
At Dementech’s London ADHD clinic, our ADHD specialists can explain how each of these steps are important and how an ADHD diagnosis is made.
ADHD Risk Assessment, Prevention & Treatment
A number of strategies and interventions can help manage ADHD, to enable individuals affected to feel more in control of their behaviour and ability to focus – but it’s important that these are tailored specifically to each individual’s needs. This includes looking at the severity and impact of the condition, as well as the individual’s lifestyle and goals.
The specialist team at our London ADHD clinic will tailor a comprehensive care plan, which may include pharmacologic (consultation with a psychiatrist) and non-pharmacologic (consultation with a psychotherapist) management interventions. Some patients may benefit from a combination of both of these approaches as part of their strategy to manage ADHD.
While ADHD does not always require medication, medications can help to reduce certain symptoms associated with the condition, such as hyperactivity and difficulty with concentration.
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