What is ADHD?
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) is a neurodevelopmental condition, this means it affects the way the brain develops and functions, and the way you experience and interact with the world around you. It's a form of neurodiversity, rather than a mental illness, although those with ADHD may experience mental illness.
What you might notice?
There is a specific set of behavioural changes which we notice in ADHD. This means that you may have a short attention span, appear forgetful or act before thinking of the consequences. The symptoms are unique to everyone, and can vary depending on your age and gender. Symptoms typically are present before the age of 12 years old and across different environments. The symptoms can make both home and school life extremely challenging.
If you did not receive a diagnosis in childhood, you may still be struggling to identify or manage your ADHD symptoms. We also find that the symptoms of ADHD can change in adults, making it harder to diagnose. For example, you may no longer struggle to sit still, but find it difficult to concentrate or manage your emotions.
How ADHD can impact your life?
ADHD can have a big impact on your ability to live your life as you would like, such as maintaining friendships and relationships, engaging in school or work effectively, and even keeping yourself safe. It can also increase your risk of having mental illness.
There are a range of effective treatment options available. These can start from behavioural strategies, psychological therapy to medication. Non-stimulant and stimulant medication is widely used to effectively manage ADHD symptoms in both children and adults.