It is estimated that approximately 4% of adults have diagnosable ADHD.
It used to be thought that people grew out of ADHD. We now know that that is untrue for the
majority. Because of this mistake, ADHD is usually overlooked at as the underlying cause of
many symptoms of mental ill health, such as depression, anxiety, addiction, low self-esteem.
If you think you may have ADHD, and want a diagnosis and help, the first place to go is to your GP.
He/she will want to know why you think you have ADHD and it may be helpful to do one of the questionnaires which can screen for ADHD.
The simplest information can be provided by doing the World Health Organisation’s 6 Question Screener. (Click here for questions)
Unfortunately in many areas help can be hard to find, as there are very few specialists you can be referred to, and know they have the expertise you need. There is also a lot you can do to understand and manage ADHD,
Some people manage to use the positive attributes of ADHD, to make them very successful and productive without any extra assistance. Others need varying levels of help to have a good life.
No treatments are 100% effective, but medication is recognised as giving the most effective benefits. The best results are when medication is combined with other non-pharmacological treatments such as Cognitive Behaviour Therapy, ADHD Coaching, and psychotherapy for associated conditions.
Typical medications are, Dexamphetamine, and its long acting form Vyvanse, Ritalin, with its long acting forms Ritalin LA and Concerta, and Atamoxetine (Straterra). However new medications are coming on the market.
Living with ADHD can be a challenge, and as the years go by, many people with ADHD develop other mental health disorders such as anxiety and depression.
There is an increased risk of experiencing trauma and self-medication can lead to addiction issues. It is only when the underlying ADHD is diagnosed and treated that most people can start to live a happy and productive life.
ADHD symptoms can be more of an issue at different times in our lives, such as looking after small children, unemployment, studying, job changes. During these times individuals may need extra support.
The sooner the condition can be diagnosed and managed the less longterm damage is done to mental and physical health.