Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)
Individuals diagnosed with Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD) and Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) often struggle with issues related to attention, hyperactivity, and impulsivity. These problems typically start in childhood and can persist into adulthood, although they may not be diagnosed until later in life.
ADHD and ADD are conditions that are estimated to affect 4-5% of the adult population, although they are often under-recognised in women. Symptoms of ADHD include struggling with attention to detail, difficulty completing tasks, disorganisation, fidgety and hyperactive behaviour, excessive talking, impatience, and impulsivity. Additionally, this can lead to problems with impulse control, emotional regulation, anger management, substance misuse, eating disorders, and sleep disorders. It can also have a major impact on a person's education, work, daily activities, relationships, and overall quality of life. People with a family member diagnosed with ADHD, epilepsy, a neurodevelopmental disorder, another mental health condition, or a history of substance misuse or eating disorders are more likely to have ADHD/ADD.
An ADHD/ADD assessment is the first step to understanding the disorder and creating an effective treatment plan. While medication may be a necessary part of managing ADHD, it is not the only way to treat the condition. Counselling and therapy can also play an important role in helping those with ADHD come to terms with their diagnosis and cope with the everyday challenges that they face.
If you're experiencing difficulty concentrating and focusing, it may be time to seek support. If you have not yet been diagnosed with ADHD, you'll need to undergo a specialist assessment first. If you have a diagnosis, we can discuss treatment options with you. Medication may be given to treat ADHD, yet therapy is also essential. Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT) will help you develop techniques to manage your symptoms.