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Adult Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) The Evidence Is Now Overwhelming

Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), formerly known as ADD or Attention Deficit Disorder, is a neuro-behavioural disorder commonly characterised by hyperactivity, inattentiveness, impulsivity or a combination of all. It is not just a problem in children prevalent in children but also among adults. Worldwide studies now show that up to 5% of the adult population struggle with Adult ADHD. The National Institute for Clinical Excellence (NICE) already recognised Adult ADHD as a genuine medical condition with a specific cluster of symptoms and they have issued clear guidelines on the best evidence-based treatments.

If you were diagnosed with childhood ADD/ADHD, chances are, you’ve carried at least some of the symptoms into adulthood. But even if you were never diagnosed with ADD/ADHD as a child, that doesn’t mean you can’t be affected by it as an adult.

In the past attention deficit hyperactivity disorder often went unrecognized throughout childhood. Before the 1980’s very few people were even aware of ADD/ADHD. Instead of recognising your symptoms and identifying the real issue, your family, teachers, or other parents may have labelled you a dreamer, a slacker, a troublemaker, or just a bad student. Even many doctors were not aware of the condition.

Alternatively, you may have been able to compensate for the symptoms of ADD/ADHD when you were young, only to run into problems as your responsibilities increase. The more balls you’re trying to keep in the air-pursuing a career, raising a family, running a household-the greater the demand on your abilities to organise, focus, and remain calm. This can be challenging for anyone, but if you have ADD/ADHD, it can feel downright impossible.

Late onset might also be possible among adults. Meaning, one might not recall experiencing ADHD symptoms as a child but meets the criteria for diagnosis as an adult. ADHD symptoms appear differently from one person to another so there is no unique treatment for all ADHD cases.

ADHD in adults can be treated through one or a combination of the following:

  • Proper medication
  • Specialist coaching and behavioural training
  • Stress Management, Wellbeing and Mindfulness Training

At the ADHD Centre these evidence-based treatments are are specially tailored for each patient’s needs. ADHD symptoms do not necessarily go away but you can develop skills and have medications to be able to control these and prevent them holding you back in life.

What the ADHD Centre Can Do For You

At the ADHD Centre we are dedicated to helping our clients, both adults and children, through individual assessment, proper diagnosis and evidence-based treatments planned out and tailored for your specific needs.

Transferring your care back to the NHS

If you choose to go on medication, once you are on a stable regime, then if you wish, we can set up a Shared Care agreement with your GP so that they can take over the prescribing of any medication that may be indicated in your treatment plan. We have standard protocol documents for this procedure. This would mean that your prescription would then become an NHS prescription and therefore charged at their standard rate. Please note we cannot guarantee a Share Care arrangement with your GP. We would encourage you to discuss your plans for a Share Care agreement with your GP before you commence on treatment with the ADHD centre, so that they are informed and involved early on.

To set up Share Care with your GP, we will need to share your clinic letters with your GP, however you will be given a chance to review these letters and if appropriate have any particular personal information removed that is not pertinent to your ADHD diagnosis and treatment.

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We have been diagnosing and treating people with ADHD since 2009.

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