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We provide comprehensive Adult ADHD Assessmentsin the Harley Street Area
What is ADHD in Adults?
One of the biggest myths about Adult ADHDis that it is a result of ‘bad parenting’. However, this is simply not the case.
Scientific evidence shows that ADHD (Attention Deficit and Hyperactivity Disorder) /ADD(Attention Deficit Disorder) is a highly heritable condition, mostly a combination of certain susceptibility genes and environmental risks factors during pregnancy and early childhood. For instance, low birth weight and prematurity are indicated as important risk factors.
As every single individual is different and presenting with different symptoms, it’s often not so easy to recognise and diagnose ADHD/ADD.
What Are the Symptoms of Adult ADHD?
- Getting easily distracted and making careless mistakes, particularly with tasks that do not interest you. For example, proof-reading a lengthy document.
- Blurting out answers or thoughts, like in a meeting at work.
- Difficulty awaiting your turn.
- Difficulty organising and managing tasks which can mean important work, college or university deadlines are missed.
- Fidgeting and finding it difficult to sit still during meetings.
- Being forgetful and tending to lose things for example constantly losing your keys.
- Being easily distracted by your environment or by unrelated thoughts, for example day dreaming at work.
- You feel restless or edgy, have difficulty turning your thoughts off, and find stress hard to handle.
- You tend to do things on the spur of the moment, without thinking, which gets you into trouble.
Do I have ADHD?
It’s very common for people to have some of the problems listed above. However, to have the diagnosis of ADHD, these problems must have a significant impact on your social interactions and your performance at work or in other environments.
For example, poor concentration, impulsivity, hyperactivityand risk-taking can often worsen in an adultindividual diagnosed with ADHD. These problems can have a negative impact on your work, learning and social interactions.
According to the Royal College of Psychiatrists, depression, anxiety, feelings of low self-esteem and drug misuse are also more common in adults with ADHD.
Adult ADHD Tests: How can I tell if I have ADHD?
There are lots of different online ADHD questionnaires and tests, which can be used as screening tool.
However, a diagnosisby a specialist in a clinical environment is essential in order to get the very best treatment plan and support; an early diagnosis can have a massive, positive impact on the life of an individual with ADHD.
What Happens in an Adult ADHD Assessment?
We provide a comprehensive programme that encompasses a thorough ADHD assessment and diagnosis, as well as a range of treatment options, both pharmacological and non-pharmacological.
You will have an interview with Consultant Psychiatrist, Dr Dimitrios Paschos, a leading specialist in the field of ADHD. In this interview, Dr Paschos will collect information about your symptoms to make an informed clinical judgement on a final diagnosis.
I’ve been diagnosed with ADHD, what now?
It is important to highlight that a broad range of treatments, including medication and non-pharmacological treatments are currently available and they might be very useful when dealing with some of the problems associated with ADHD/ADD.
Medications may be highly effective for some people, especially in the short term, however, others might prefer non-pharmacological approaches such as omega 3 supplements, exclusion diets, cognitive therapy, or neuro-feedback.
Whatever your preference, our specialist team will discuss all of the options available to you.
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