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ATTENTION DEFICIT HYPERACTIVITY DISORDER (ADHD) 

ARE YOU STRUGGLING WITH ADHD?

Do you struggle with paying attention while doing tasks or play activities? Do you often fidget or feel restless and find it difficult to stay in one position when expected? Do you often find yourself talking excessively? Do you often make decisions without thinking about the consequences? If so, you may have Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). At Select, Psychology, our team of professionals is experienced, qualified and trained to provide mental health support best-suited for your requirements, in a safe and confidential environment.

Talking About Your Mental Health

WHAT IS ADHD?

Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) is a neurodevelopmental disorder that affects individuals across the lifespan. It is characterized by persistent patterns of inattention, hyperactivity, and impulsivity. These symptoms can manifest differently in each person, impacting various aspects of their life, including academic, occupational, and social functioning.

ADHD is classified into three main subtypes:

  • Predominantly Inattentive Presentation: Individuals primarily struggle with maintaining attention, organisation, and may appear forgetful or easily distracted. 
  • Predominantly Hyperactive-Impulsive Presentation: Characterised by excessive physical activity, impulsive decision-making, and challenges in waiting for one’s turn.
  • Combined Presentation: Individuals exhibit a combination of inattentive, hyperactive, and impulsive symptoms.

Understanding the specific subtype is crucial for tailoring effective interventions and support.

Symptoms of ADHD

Inattention: Inattention symptoms include difficulties sustaining attention on tasks, making careless mistakes, forgetfulness in daily activities, and trouble organising tasks. 

Hyperactivity: Hyperactivity symptoms involve restlessness, fidgeting, and difficulty staying seated in appropriate situations. These individuals may appear as if they are “on the go” or talk excessively.

Impulsivity: Impulsivity is characterised by acting without thinking, interrupting others, and struggling with patience. Impulsive behaviour may lead to challenges in social and professional relationships.

 WHEN TO SEEK THERAPY FOR ADHD

Early intervention is crucial, especially for children, as it can improve academic performance and social skills.
Therapy is recommended when:

Academic performance is constantly below potential

Social relationships are strained due to impulsive or hyperactive behaviour

Occupational functioning is hindered by attention and focus issues

The symptoms interfere with daily functioning and affect your relationships

THE BEST THERAPIES FOR TREATING ADHD

Behavioural Therapy

Medication

BENEFITS OF THERAPY FOR ADHD

Helps individuals develop techniques to enhance focus and concentration, enabling them to tackle tasks more efficiently

Individuals learn coping mechanisms to manage stress, frustration, and impulsivity, leading to better emotional regulation

Therapists work with individuals to improve time management skills, establish routines, and implement organisational strategies for increased productivity

Healthier relationships with family, friends, and colleagues

Contributes to higher self-esteem and confidence, empowering individuals to overcome challenges

THINGS YOU CAN DO TO HELP WITH ADHD

If you are suffering, it is best to seek treatment as soon as you are able to, but in the meantime there are some things that can help while you are waiting for your first appointment:

Establish a structured routine
A consistent daily routine provides predictability and helps individuals with ADHD manage their time effectively

Break tasks into smaller steps
Breaking down larger tasks into smaller, more manageable steps makes them less overwhelming and more achievable

Utilise tools and technology
Various tools such as planners, calendars, and apps can assist with organisation and task management 

Engage in regular physical activity
Physical activity has been shown to improve attention and reduce hyperactivity. Incorporating regular exercise into daily routines is beneficial

Maintain a healthy diet and adequate sleep
A balanced diet and sufficient sleep contribute to overall well-being. Nutrient-rich foods and proper rest support cognitive function and emotional regulation

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HOW CAN OUR PSYCHOLOGY SERVICES HELP WITH ADHD?

We offer a wide range of therapies to help with ADHD and give you the tools to cope and understand your emotions. We are a private mental health service with highly trained therapists and no waiting lists.

This is how therapy would work:

Step 1

Get in touch

The first step is recognising you have an issue and seeking help – BOOK A FREE TELEPHONE CONSULTATION and start the process by providing a space and time to share your needs with us.

Step 2

Telephone Consultation

You will be heard and understood through a confidential phone conversation. Often called the ‘triage’ this is where you can share more about your needs, and we can advise on therapy pathways and provide initial guidance where possible.

Step 3

Appointment Offer

We will match your needs with the best fit practitioner for your therapy pathway and offer you an appointment within two weeks.

Step 4

Initial Assessment

Before you begin a course of therapy, your therapist will need to conduct an assessment in order to agree a course of therapy with you that will best help you and address your goals. This is still part of the therapeutic process and will provide you with a better understanding of your difficulties and how you may start to approach them.

Step 5

Your Therapy

Following on from your assessment, you will move onto therapy. Appointments are 50 minutes – these can be anything from weekly to monthly, depending on your individual circumstances. The number of sessions required to feel better will depend on your needs and therapy plan, this can range between 8-16 sessions, but in general more time is needed to address more complex issues.

Step 6

Feeling Better

As you start to improve, you can agree on changes to the frequency of sessions as required. Ultimately, there will be a time when both you and your therapist agree that you no longer need to continue in active therapy

HELPFUL THINGS TO KNOW

Can people with ADHD have a normal life?

Yes, individuals with ADHD can lead fulfilling lives with the right support. Through a combination of therapy, medication, and lifestyle adjustments, many people with ADHD successfully navigate daily challenges and achieve their goals.

Does ADHD ever go away?

ADHD is a chronic condition, but its impact can be effectively managed with appropriate interventions. While symptoms may change over time, early and consistent management leads to improved outcomes.

What are the signs of ADHD in a child?

Signs of ADHD in children may become evident around the age of 6 or 7. In addition to the previously mentioned symptoms, parents may observe difficulties in following instructions, challenges in completing tasks, and struggles in academic settings. A thorough assessment by healthcare professionals is crucial for an accurate diagnosis.

In conclusion, ADHD is a complex neurodevelopmental disorder that requires a multifaceted approach for effective management. By understanding the specific symptoms, seeking timely therapy, and implementing supportive strategies, individuals with ADHD can navigate their challenges and lead fulfilling lives. If you have concerns or questions about ADHD, consult with healthcare professionals or mental health experts for personalized guidance tailored to your unique situation.

What is the difference between ADHD and autism?

ADHD is characterised by attention, hyperactivity and impulsivity challenges, impacting daily functioning. Whereas autism involves difficulties in social communication, repetitive behaviours and sensory sensitivities. While both are neurodevelopmental disorders, their core features differ, necessitating accurate diagnosis for effective support and intervention. Comorbidity can occur, with individuals experiencing both conditions.

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