Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) is a problem that affects many children, teenagers and adults all over the world. While not much is known about why people develop ADHD and why it seems to run in families, every year more and more about the condition is discovered.
As research and knowledge on the condition increases, more options have become available to people who need help with ADHD. Here at the London Psychiatry Centre, we offer an integrated approach to treatment which can include medical, psychological and coaching techniques.
When it comes to ADHD, it is important to listen to sufferers and help them partner with us on a treatment plan that will work best for them. At The London Psychiatry Centre, we stay on top of all the latest developments concerning ADHD and other mental health issues.
ADHD in Adults
Symptoms of ADHD
While the actual symptoms that appear will vary from person to person, here is a short look at some of the basic indicators that someone may have a problem with ADHD.
- Difficulty paying attention to details
- Does not or appears not to pay attention when spoken to
- Difficulty with organization
- Frequently loses things
- Very forgetful in day to day activities
- Fidgeting and restlessness
- Need to move when others are sitting still
- Speaking loudly and rapidly and switching from topic to topic
- Problems waiting for the appropriate time to respond
- Frequently interrupts others
- Impatience at minor things, events and situations
Treatment for ADHD
When it comes to treating ADHD, it is crucial that therapy and coaching are used in addition to medication if it is needed. With guided therapy, most people can learn to control their ADHD symptoms before they get out of hand and cause problems in their life. A combination of medication and behaviour therapy may be prescribed.
For a problem like ADHD, it is important to also see if there are other issues that are complicating or exasperating the ADHD symptoms – this is known as co-morbid conditions.
If you feel that you or a loved one may suffer from ADHD, please contact the London Psychiatry Centre. Our friendly and professional staff will diagnose the problem if it is present and will help you with appropriate treatment to gain control over your life.
ADHD in Children
Symptoms of ADHD
Difficulties are often present by pre-school age and may be similar to the symptoms experienced by adults, listed above.
In addition, children may display developmentally inappropriate symptoms (i.e. behaviours not seen in most children of the same age). These behaviours may be affecting the child’s learning and relationships at school and home. For example:
- Unable to concentrate on schoolwork or homework
- Easily distracted in school or when doing routine tasks like getting dressed
- Trouble taking direction and following through on it
- Talking excessively, or moving around in class without permission
- Especially loud whilst playing, or has trouble participating in quiet leisure activities
- Poor awareness of danger
- Difficulty following rules or boundaries
- Seems unable to stand in lines or wait for their turn in games or group situations
Assessment and Treatment
At The London Psychiatry Centre, we are able to offer a multidisciplinary assessment package. This includes an initial assessment by a Child Psychiatrist to rule out other mental health problems which could cause symptoms similar to ADHD.
Following diagnosis, we offer a range of interventions including psychoeducation about ADHD, behaviour management and parenting advice, individual work with young people, and medication. The choice of treatment will, of course, depend on each child’s particular circumstances, but we would usually start with psychological treatments before going on to medication.
We understand how daunting it can be if you suspect your child might be suffering with ADHD. Here at The London Psychiatry Centre we offer the most up to date treatments in a supportive environment, to enable your child to get back on track and fulfill their potential.
If you feel that your child may be suffering from ADHD, please contact the London Psychiatry Centre and we can discuss the options available.