ADHD Support Services
Do you find it difficult to concentrate? Are you easily distracted? Perhaps you find yourself acting impulsively, with difficulty in regulating the way you react to situations? These may be signs of ADHD.
What is ADHD (Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder)
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) is associated with unruly children, but it can also affect adults. Adults are less likely to be diagnosed with ADHD, yet the behaviours and symptoms of the condition can still significantly harm their life.
The term ADHD refers to a group of behaviours. These include inattentiveness, impulsiveness, and hyperactivity.
I’m an adult: I can’t have ADHD?
Unsurprisingly, ADHD (aka Hyperkinetic Disorder) affects more children than adults: around 3-5% of children are considered to have ADHD symptoms in the UK.
But what is surprising is that ADHD affects 2% of adults in the UK; with a 4:1 ratio of men to women.
What are the symptoms & signs of ADHD?
Adult diagnosis of ADHD is usually reliant on a checklist of symptoms which may include:
Short attention span
- Easily distracted
- Fidgeting and overactivity
- Disorganisation – such as continually losing things
- An inability to handle stress
- An inability to control one’s temper
- Impulsiveness – such as excessive spending, dangerous driving
What are the potential outcomes of ADHD?
People living with Adult ADHD are likely to experience a range of adverse effects as a result of their uncontrollable behaviours, including:
- Underachieving in education or at work
- Careless or dangerous driving
- Difficulties in making friends and maintaining those relationships
- Difficulties in developing intimate relationships with partners
- Problems with sleep
Which therapies can help people living with ADHD?
- Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) – a talking therapy, aiming to help a person manage their problems by addressing their thought- and behavioural responses to trigger situations.
- Psychoeducation – a talking approach, exploring your ADHD and its effects on your life; helping you make sense of your diagnosis and developing strategies to coping and living with your condition.
- Behaviour therapy – learning to address specific damaging behaviours and developing positive routines
Our highly-trained online psychologists at Support Room can help you deal with your ADHD diagnosis and help address the behaviours that are holding you back.
Your chosen therapist will recommend an approach that will suit your particular condition and lifestyle.