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,

  • Talk excessively

  • 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

  • IQ Assessment

  • 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

  • Psychologists

  • IQ & other Educational Testing

  • One to one coaching

  • Medication