Adults

ADHD is a recognised neurological condition which remains with you. While having ADHD has many benefits, it frequently remains undiagnosed, or diagnosis may be obscured.

Are you constantly faced with these challenges?

• Sets unrealistic goals and multi-tasks leading to non-completion of projects
• Constantly procrastinates, leaves activities to the last minute
• Difficulty in getting organised
• Inattentive, forgetful, can’t retain information, sudden blank mind
• Sense of underachievement, often false due to poor perceptions

• Over-excited, hyper focussed, obsessive
• Subject hops, many thoughts in mind at once
• Easily bored, craves stimulation, takes risks, gambles
• Fidgets, doodles, seem to be elsewhere, easity distracted or side-tracked
• Mood swings, extremes of feelings, excessive anxiety or sensitivity; compulsive

• Intolerance, sudden unreasonable/unpredictable verbal/physical aggression
• Reluctance to read, hard to focus and concentrate
• Reluctance to write, hard to express and sequence ideas, may be dyslexic

• Impatient, tactless, interrupts, finishes other’s sentences
• Impulsive with no thought of consequences
• Has trouble following authorised procedure, oppositional
• Often has a cluttering or hoarding problem

Do you often get these physical symptoms?

Cravings, addictions; allergy, hypersensitivity; migraines, headaches, dizziness; excessive thirst; eye troubles; digestive upsets; muscle aches such as twitching, tics, cramps; air hunger eg sighing, yawning; sleep disturbances, apnoea, insomnia, restless leg syndrome; excessive perspiration; skin, nail, hair abnormalities; poor temperature sense; thyroid problems.

Managing ADHD

Just getting a diagnosis of ADHD and understanding that there was a reason for many of your past difficulties can be an enormous relief.

Although there is no cure, there are treatments that can be useful in managing ADHD. Treatment must be tailored for you and should address all areas you may need help with.

Common components of a tailored ADHD treatment plan might include:

• consultation with appropriate medical professionals
• education about ADHD
• medication
• behavioural management strategies, coaching
• psychotherapy or counselling
• support groups, and
• vocational counselling.

 

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