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Understanding the ADHD Experience
in Men

At The ADHD Centre, we recognise the unique challenges and experiences faced by men with ADHD, and through assessment, diagnosis and treatment, we strive to make your life easier to navigate.

Whether you're seeking clarity on symptoms or simply looking for guidance, our specialists can provide the support you deserve.

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Understanding ADHD in Men

ADHD is a commonly diagnosed developmental disorder in children in the UK - but in up to half of cases, the symptoms can persist into adulthood. 

For adults with ADHD, it’s never too late to receive an accurate diagnosis and personalised treatment plan. With our support, adults can lead fulfilling lives by learning to understand and manage their symptoms. 

The first step in successfully treating ADHD is recognising that you have it. Let us help you begin your journey.

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The Three Types of ADHD in Men

There are three recognised types of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder or ADHD in Men

Combination Type

  • Symptoms of both criteria inattention and hyperactivity-impulsivity
  • Difficulty sustaining attention in tasks or activities
  • Forgetfulness in daily activities
  • Impulsivity in decision-making

Predominantly  Inattentive Type

  • Symptoms of inattention (Previously called ADD – Attention Deficit Disorder)
  • Disorganisation and difficulty with time management
  • Frequently losing items necessary for daily activities
  • Difficulty following instructions or directions

Predominantly Hyperactive/Impulsive Type

  • Symptoms of hyperactivity-impulsivity
  • Restlessness or fidgeting, especially in situations requiring prolonged focus
  • Excessive talking or interrupting others during conversations
  • Impatience in waiting for one's turn in conversations or activities

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Symptoms & Disorders that Occur Alongside ADHD in Men

Having ADHD as a man can lead to a higher propensity for experiencing co-occurring disorders.
Research indicates that men with ADHD often struggle with low self-esteem and feelings of inadequacy. In addition, many men who grew up with undiagnosed or inadequately treated ADHD symptoms develop coping mechanisms that focus on masking their difficulties rather than addressing the root causes. This can result in chronic stress, frustration, and an increased likelihood of engaging in risky behaviours.
Men with ADHD may experience multiple different symptoms which can have varying impacts on their lives. Understanding and addressing these issues, with our support, will allow for the development of healthier coping strategies and more positive long-term outcomes.
  • Struggling to maintain steady employment or advance in your career, experiencing frequent job changes or difficulties performing at your best.
  • Feeling overwhelmed by the simplest of tasks, difficulty concentrating and executing work effectively.
  • Finding yourself investing extra time and effort in professional settings, just to keep pace with your peers.
  • Wrestling with day-to-day responsibilities like household chores, bill payments, and organising, often feeling behind or disorganised.
  • Constantly grappling with forgetfulness, misplacing essentials and frequently missing appointments or meetings.
  • Struggling to meet deadlines and grappling with persistent procrastination.
  • Experiencing strain in personal relationships due to forgetfulness, unfinished tasks, or becoming upset over little things.
  • Enduring ongoing stress and anxiety stemming from unmet obligations, missed deadlines, and financial struggles.
  • Struggling with social interactions, often being too impulsive or reactive, and finding it challenging to regulate emotions or control reactions.
  • Battling persistent feelings of frustration, guilt, or self-blame as you navigate the complexities of daily life.
  • Wrestling with day-to-day responsibilities like household chores, bill payments, and organising, often feeling behind or disorganised.
At The ADHD Centre, we understand the weight of these challenges, and are here to offer support and guidance as you navigate your journey with ADHD.

There are a range of other mental health disorders that can also occur along with ADHD in men which also often go undiagnosed. These complications may cause trouble in correctly diagnosing the existence of ADHD, so getting an expert men’s ADHD assessment is essential to help establish the existence and interaction of these common comorbidities.

Social Anxiety Disorder

You experience an overwhelming fear of everyday social situations, such as public speaking, meeting new people or even making eye contact.

Obsessive-compulsive Disorder (OCD)

You may have recurring/repetitive thoughts and behaviours that you find it difficult to control.

Depression and anxiety

You might find you often feel sad, discouraged, uninterested, unmotivated, hopeless, ‘washed-out’ or nervous.

Rejection Sensitive Dysphoria

You may experience intense emotional pain from perceived or actual rejection, criticism, or failure, leading to significant distress in various contexts.

Sleeping disorders

You find yourself constantly battling issues with the quality, timing and amount of sleep you get, resulting in impaired daytime functioning.

Substance abuse, drugs or alcohol

You struggle to control your consumption of particular mood altering substances, leading to significant problems in your life.

The Impact of Untreated and Undiagnosed ADHD

Untreated and undiagnosed ADHD in men can significantly affect various aspects of life, leading to chronic stress, low self-esteem, and strained relationships. Men with undiagnosed ADHD often struggle with career and academic performance, which can result in feelings of frustration and underachievement. Additionally, they may resort to unhealthy coping mechanisms, such as substance abuse or risky behaviors. Proper diagnosis and treatment are essential for managing ADHD effectively. Early intervention through a comprehensive men’s ADHD assessment can lead to personalized treatment plans, enabling men to address their symptoms and improve their overall well-being. Recognising and treating ADHD, whether it’s childhood ADHD or adulthood ADHD, allows men to harness their potential and lead more fulfilling lives.

Book a Men’s ADHD Assessment Today

At The ADHD Centre, our specialists are available to help you and your loved ones understand and manage ADHD symptoms. Whether you’re a man dealing with adulthood ADHD, or you suspect childhood ADHD in a family member, an individualised men’s ADHD assessment gives you access to proper diagnosis and evidence-based treatments. We tailor our treatments to your specific needs and medical history, so there’s no need to worry about unwelcome side effects – allergies or imbalanced hormones, for instance. ADHD in males presents a range of symptoms that can make life a challenge – but professional and personal help is close at hand.

Individual Consultation

We offer online or face-to-face appointments for your convenience

Specialists in ADHD

Speak to a men’s ADHD specialist with years of experience in the field

The Latest Diagnostic Criteria

Get a structured clinical assessment specifically for men’s ADHD, based on the latest DSM-V criteria

Flexible & Convenient

Comprehensive consultation: you’ll have 75-90 minutes for your initial assessment

Personalised Treatment Plan

Receive a full report outlining your diagnosis and ongoing treatment plan details

Treating ADHD in Men at The ADHD Centre

It is never too late to get an ADHD diagnosis, whether in childhood or adulthood. A diagnosis then enables you to get access to highly effective and frequently life changing treatments.

At the ADHD Centre, our evidence-based treatments have been shown to be among the most effective and expert treatments available.

Your individual treatment plan will empower you to manage your ADHD symptoms and improve your levels of functioning in ways that you may not have thought possible.

Our treatments include:

At The ADHD Centre, we offer the latest evidence-based treatments, and can ensure you have the guidance you need every step of the way.

How to treat ADHD effectively –
Dr Shymal Mashru, Consultant Psychiatrist

Dr. Shymal Mashru, a leading expert Consultant Psychiatrist, explores effective ADHD treatment options. He discusses how stimulant and non-stimulant medications can improve focus, concentration, and productivity, while reducing hyperactivity and impulsivity in individuals with ADHD.

Setting up a Shared Care Agreement with your GP

If you choose to go on medication, once you are on a stable regime, if you wish, we’re able to set up a Shared Care Agreement with your GP. This means they can take over the prescribing of any medication that may be outlined in your personalised treatment plan.

We have standard protocol documents to facilitate this procedure – essentially, it means your prescription would become an NHS prescription, and therefore charged at their standard rate.

Please note: we cannot guarantee a Shared Care arrangement with your GP. If you are interested in this option, we would encourage you to discuss your plans for a Shared Care Agreement with your GP before you commence any treatment with The ADHD Centre, so that they are informed and involved early on.

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