Over the decades the understanding of ADHD has changed dramatically. It was not so long ago that it was commonly considered "an excuse for naughty kids" or because of "bad parenting". For a lot of today's adults, that is the environment they were brought up in and so it's little surprise their parents didn't get them assessed or the right adjustments weren't put in place to understand and support them. Now, with years of excellent research and many destigmatisation and education campaigns by organisations such as ADHD NZ the general population are beginning to understand ADHD is real, is neurodevelopmental and that is makes the person with ADHD different but not less.
We now know having ADHD has many benefits as well but despite this ADHD frequently remains unrecognised or misdiagnosed in adults. A lot of parents who have children assessed and diagnosed with ADHD begin to wonder if they are part of the 25% of parents with a child of ADHD who also has it but others are potentially unaware.
Are you constantly faced with these challenges?
Do you often experience these behaviours that often coexist with adhd in adults?
Getting an assessment and diagnosis of ADHD often helps you to understand there is a reason for many of your current and past difficulties can be an enormous relief.
Although there is no cure, there are different types of treatment to suit the individual and range from medications to help stimulate the control centre of the brain to tried and true strategies and techniques to help manage ADHD. Treatment can be tailored to you and should address all areas you may need support with.
Common components of a tailored ADHD treatment plan
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