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ADHD is underdiagnosed

3-6% of the world’s population have ADHD and 50% of ADHD children retain symptoms into adulthood. Previously thought to be an excuse for naughty behaviour, it is now known that ADHD brains are biologically different.

ADHD is genetic with a 75% rate of heritability. It is a disorder of motivation NOT inattention, caused by differences in brain structure, neurotransmitters and executive functioning. Executive functions help to regulate behaviour.

Adult ADHD has a different presentation: hyperactivity is felt as an inner restlessness.
It is a debilitating condition with associated risks: It can lead to addiction, problems at work, risky lifestyle choices and mental health conditions. There is an increased risk of depression and low self-esteem. Sufferers can also be overly self-critical, leading to guilt and shame.

ADHD is treatable however, and proper understanding can mean people can manage their condition effectively and live happy and successful lives. 

Doctors in the USA have recently suggested that ADHD be renamed VAST which stands for Variable Attention Stimulus Trait. This suggests a trait rather than a disability and picks up on the major problem, which is variable attention rather than inattention. It frees those with the condition from the word disorder which can feel like a prison.

I recently completed an ADHD training course covering all aspects of the condition, its treatment and ways to cope and manage it. If you think you have ADHD, or have been diagnosed and are finding things difficult, we can talk through your experiences and I can help you to find some answers. 

ADHD welcome here 😊

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How do I know if I have ADHD?

You may be wondering whether you have ADHD because you have trouble concentrating or focusing on tasks, have fluctuating attention, problems with organisation or are sensitive to rejection. There are many different parts to ADHD and no two people are the same, but if you suspect you may have it, chat to me about your feelings.

Do I need an official diagnosis for ADHD?

You do not need to have an official diagnosis to receive help with your symptoms or difficulties. You may be experiencing features of ADHD and want to talk things through. If you suspect you have it , and it is having an impact on your life, I can help you to sort out what steps to take.

Does ADHD improve with therapy?

Although you cannot change the way your brain works, your perception and management of your ADHD can be improved with therapy, as you understand and accept yourself better. You can learn how to live your best life, and free yourself from the anxieties surrounding an ADHD diagnosis.

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