Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)
ADHD is a mental health disorder characterised by persistent difficulties in paying attention and focusing, hyperactivity and impulsive behaviour, among other problems. In severe cases, the ADHD symptoms can be very disabling and cause significant problems in an individual’s education, occupation, or interpersonal relationships which can have an impact on self-esteem, leading to depression and other mental health problems.
Typically, ADHD symptoms are present throughout childhood and are often picked up. However, it is possible that one may not have received the diagnosis at a young age, and the full symptoms of the condition only start to manifest in their adult life.
Adults with ADHD can often have difficulties with their organisational skills, finding it hard to focus or stay in the moment for too long, getting easily distracted, and finding themselves having trouble due to impulsive behaviours, including issues with temper and frustration. Additionally, people with ADHD can turn to substance or alcohol abuse in the hope of relaxing or feeling less on edge and fidgety.
The prevalence of ADHD in adults is around 3-4 percent. Adults with ADHD have a higher risk of comorbid issues, particularly substance abuse, personality disorders and bipolar disorder.
If you suspect this condition, your GP can guide you to seek help. Mental Health and Well Being services are commissioned by Shropshire and Telford Commissioning group to provide this service for adults with ADHD. The staff are trying very hard to keep the waiting list down and usually patients can be seen 6-7 weeks from the date of referral.
The assessment is multidisciplinary, with the help of nurse specialist and health and psychology practitioner as well as a consultant psychiatrist. You will be helped in filling a detailed rating scale which will help you to tease out the symptoms in detail and come to a diagnosis. Also, during assessment, a detailed family and developmental history will be taken which can help to rule out any other condition which could also be contributing to the symptoms. Physical health monitoring of height, weight, blood pressure and pulse is included in the assessment which can take up to two hours.
The treatment for ADHD is usually stimulant medications and Cognitive Behavioural Therapeutic strategies. For Shropshire residents the treatment is covered under the NHS commissioning arrangements. For private patients from other areas, treatment advice can either be given to the referring GP or, if felt necessary, private prescriptions can be considered.
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