An introduction to ADHD

Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) is a common disorder, occurring in around 5% of school-age children and 2.5% of adults, where people who are affected by ADHD typically show high levels of symptoms relating to poor concentration, disorganisation, impulsivity, hyperactivity and mood instability.

A growing recognition of adult ADHD

ADHD was originally thought to only affect some children but it is now widely recognised that it can continue into adulthood and across a persons lifespan. Research has shown that about two thirds of children diagnosed with ADHD will continue to live with it as they become adults, potentially causing significant ongoing disability. Diagnosis is not always made in childhood and, therefore, it is even less likely to be correctly diagnosed in adulthood.

 

Adults with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder may have a history of struggling academically, of frequent job changes or an inability to stay in employment at all. Some have higher than average difficulties in their personal lives i.e. people with ADHD are twice as likely to be divorced or have relationship issues, and are more likely to have been arrested. ADHD is also typically associated with an increase in road traffic accidents and increased drop out rates from further education.

 

Although some people with undiagnosed ADHD do cope well and achieve to an exceptional level, this tends to be as a result of receiving considerable support or putting in effort well above and beyond their peers. Many people who are diagnosed in later life see that, had they been diagnosed earlier, they could have achieved more.

 

Adult ADHD is a highly treatable condition, however it has only recently been understood and recognised by many health care professionals as a condition in its own right; and it is still commonly confused with other mental health disorders or not diagnosed at all.

 

Following diagnosis and the initiation of effective ADHD treatment, patients often see benefits beyond just the reduction of widely acknowledged ADHD symptoms. Studies have shown that treatment can improve general wellbeing, academic and professional attainment, productivity and mood stability. Studies demonstrate that successful treatment can reduce road traffic accidents and lead to a reduction in offending of 32% for men and 41% for women.

How to book an assessment or appointment

If you find the information in our site useful and feel that you would benefit from a full ADHD assessment, we would be delighted to consider booking an appointment for you at one of our clinics. Please click here for more information.

Typical ADHD Symptoms

ADHD presents in many different ways. It is characterized by three main groups of behavior traits and a range of typical additional behaviours within these. 

The Impact of ADHD

ADHD can severely affect an individual’s education, working life, home life, relationships and social life.

Who can be affected by ADHD?

ADHD occurs in both males and females and across all ages and all levels of social status, intelligence and capability.

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Myth: ADHD is something you grow out of as you reach adulthood.

Real stories - how ADHD affects real people

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Testing times

Luis did well in his early years at school, however, he had always found it hard to listen for long in class, he struggled to take good notes...
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mary adhd story attention deficit hyperactivity disorder

Juggling too many things

Mary had coped well with school and college after being diagnosed with, and treated for, ADHD. She felt once in work she did not need medication any more...
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Feeling rejected

Suzie told me that she was walking down the corridor at work and saw a colleague looking at some papers whilst he was walking...
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Three months down the line, I feel more relaxed, 'the brain fog' has dispersed, my memory has improved. I have stopped making silly mistakes and my thoughts are more organised. My career has progressed. I am less chaotic at home.

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The ADHD Clinic is dedicated to providing the highest quality of information, clinical assessments and treatments for ADHD in adults.

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The ADHD Clinic
The Manor Hospital
Beech Road
Headington
Oxford
Oxfordshire
OX3 7RP

Tel: 07887 640 102
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