ADHD, or Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder, is a condition that affects both children and adults. It can make it hard to pay attention, control impulses, and sit still. People with ADHD may struggle with staying focused, organizing tasks, and impulsiveness. An ADHD assessment with the right treatment can lead people towards the support and help they need.
Identifying ADHD in adults
ADHD can present with a wide range of signs and symptoms. Although many people with ADHD may experience similar struggles, each person has their own distinct difficulties. It is important for an ADHD diagnosis to be conducted by professionals who possess up-to-date expertise and knowledge in this field.
FOCUSADHD can make it difficult to maintain attention and focus on tasks, often leading to difficulty staying on track
IMPULSIVENESSPeople with ADHD often struggle with impulsivity, finding it challenging to think before acting
ORGANISATIONADHD can affect the ability to be organised, with difficulty structuring tasks, managing time effectively, and keep track of belongings
ANXIETYMany people with ADHD experience anxiety, as the constant struggle with attention and organization can create a sense of unease and overwhelm
It is very common for symptoms of ADHD to first appear in early childhood and persist into adulthood. The way that these symptoms present and interfere with a person’s life may change as a person gets older.
While it is common to receive an ADHD diagnosis as a child, this is not always true. As people get older they may notice certain ADHD traits affecting them more, and an adult ADHD assessment with suitable treatment can make a positive difference.
While each person with ADHD is unique, it can be useful to listen to the feedback of other people who have been through similar experiences. The testimonials below are a small selection from several patients who very kindly agreed to feature in this section (certain personal details have been removed).
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We can connect you with experts in adult ADHD assessment who will listen, support, and guide you through the process, helping you understand your strengths, challenges, and needs.
Assessments are always concluded by a Consultant Psychiatrist who can offer treatment for ADHD where it is appropriate. By reaching out, you will open doors to tailored support and interventions that can make a positive difference.
Diagnosis and treatment
Taking the first step towards an ADHD assessment can feel daunting, but accessing diagnosis and treatment from an expert Consultant Psychiatrist can make a real difference.
Your psychiatrist will take into account factors such as your physical health, family history and impact of symptoms. It is important for ADHD assessments to be bespoke and developed around your specific difficulties. During your assessment, particular attention will be given to comorbidities – related conditions (such as anxiety or mood disorder) so that the diagnosis is made as accurately as possible.
Once an ADHD diagnosis is given, your psychiatrist will consider your individual needs when suggesting any kind of treatment plan to manage your specific symptoms. This ADHD treatment plan will be personalised to you. Although an “ADHD cure” doesn’t exist, with appropriate medical treatment and psychological support it is possible to lessen the impact of many associated symptoms.
Common questions and answers
Types of ADHD
ADHD encompasses three main types: predominantly inattentive type, predominantly hyperactive-impulsive type, and combined type.
The predominantly inattentive type is characterized by difficulties sustaining attention, being easily distracted, and struggling with organisation and follow-through.
The predominantly hyperactive-impulsive type involves excessive physical activity, restlessness, impulsivity, and difficulty with self-control. The combined type presents a combination of symptoms from both inattentive and hyperactive-impulsive types.
It is important to note that ADHD is a spectrum, and individuals may exhibit symptoms that fall within different types or experience symptom variations over time. A comprehensive assessment by a Consultant Psychiatrist specialising in ADHD is crucial to determine the specific type and tailor appropriate treatment and support.
By recognizing the diverse nature of ADHD, we can appreciate the unique strengths and challenges each person brings and therefore their support and interventions can be tailored accordingly.