What is it?
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (AD/HD) is a common developmental disorder that effects approximately 5% of school aged children, and 4% of adults. It is believed 60% of people diagnosed, as children will have symptom’s that persist into adulthood.
The condition is frequently associated with poor concentration and impulse regulation, hyperactivity, school difficulties, work and relationship problems, difficulty with emotional regulation often-chronic anxiety and other mental health disorders.
What is its impact on quality of life?
The impact of AD/HD on people’s lives can be profound. A person with AD/HD may have difficulty maintaining relationships, holding down a job, obeying authority figures and through poor and impulsive decisions find themselves seriously injured or in trouble with the law.
If left undiagnosed and untreated in childhood it will lead to a lifetime of lost opportunities, unnecessary and avoidable struggle, erosion self esteem and diminished quality of life.
What are the symptoms?
Symptoms will depend on degree and frequency and can vary in people with AD/HD but may:
Make careless mistakes in classwork and other settings
Find it hard to sustain attention
Not seem to listen when spoken to directly
Not follow instructions or finish tasks
Find it hard to organise tasks and activities
Avoid tasks that require sustained mental effort
Lose or constantly misplace things like keys, paperwork and equipment needed for tasks
Easily distracted by other stimuli
Forgetful of daily activities
Fidget with hands or feet,
Blurt out things without thinking
Can be impatient, have trouble waiting their turn in queues or when required
Butt into or interrupt conversations
About AD/HD Diagnosis
t is important to obtain an accurate diagnosis from a Medical Health Professional. A typical investigation might include one or more of the following:
Consultation with your GP to rule out other conditions
Family history, school records, family input
Rating Scales to gauge/rate current behaviours and lifestyle
Referral to a Pediatrician or Psychiatrist to investigate the symptoms presented
How is AD/HD treated?
The most effective treatment of AD/HD involves a range of interventions often referred to as the ‘multi-modal’ approach. These may include:
Education about the condition, and family support
Occupational & Speech Therapy
IQ & other Educational Testing
One to one coaching