Attention Deficit (Hyperactivity) Disorder (ADHD) is a neuro-developmental condition which develops as the brain develops in childhood.
It is often associated with other neurodevelopmental conditions such as dyspraxia, dyslexia, Tourette’s syndrome and what are generally called autistic spectrum disorders.
Commonly reported symptoms of ADHD include:
- Disorganisation and problems prioritising.
- Poor time management skills.
- Problems focusing on a task.
- Trouble multitasking.
- Excessive activity or restlessness.
- Poor planning.
- Low frustration tolerance.
The common perception of ADHD as badly behaved little boys being disruptive in class is how many think of ADHD. This familiar perception of ADHD is the most visible sign in young boys. Young girls and adults with ADHD are less likely to be diagnosed, both because they show less hyperactivity. There are three common subtypes namely hyperactive, inattentive and combined type.
This common (mis)understanding of ADHD often leads to treatment of the disorder with stimulant medications which are chemically like some recreational drugs and can have adverse effects on those without the condition.
The medication has positive effects for over 80% of those with ADHD. They are not addictive. Those with untreated ADHD are highly vulnerable, as they become adults, succumbing to addiction, often by using illegal drugs to self-medicate.
If you think you have ADHD, the first step to getting treatment is to receive a diagnosis from a specialist doctor. This is generally a psychiatrist with considerable experience of working in the field of neurodevelopmental conditions.
Although ADHD is usually a lifelong condition, it is also a very treatable condition. 80% of people with ADHD respond very positively to medication and, with better understanding of the condition, can usually learn to manage the difficulties.
You need a controlled drug prescription from a specialist ADHD clinician. GPs typically continue to prescribe these, provided a specialist ADHD clinician has made a formal diagnosis of ADHD, and you are stable on your ADHD treatment.
We are thrilled to announce that our clinic will now be offering ADHD consultations with Dr Balu Pitchiah – our Consultant Psychiatrist.
Dr Balu Pitchiah qualified as a Medical Doctor from Stanley Medical College in Chennai, India before completing his Psychiatric Training in Sheffield.
If you have any questions then don’t hesitate to contact our health care professional. We are here to help!