What is ADHD?
ADHD, or Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, is a neurodevelopmental disorder that affects someone’s ability to pay attention, control impulsive behaviours, and regulate activity levels.
The usual symptoms can include having difficulty paying attention for periods of time, acting impulsively, and extreme hyperactivity, but these can vary from person to person.
Anyone with ADHD may have trouble focusing on or completing tasks and following instructions. They may seem forgetful, disorganised, or prone to making careless mistakes. They may also have difficulty sitting still, controlling their impulses, and regulating their emotions.
ADHD can be diagnosed in children as young as three years old and adulthood. ADHD is typically treated with medication and lifestyle changes, such as a structured routine and regular exercise, alongside ongoing counselling or psychotherapy.
What are the symptoms of ADHD?
The symptoms of ADHD can vary from person to person and can change over time, but symptoms can also differ between adults and children. The key symptom is inattention which can be displayed as difficulty concentrating and being easily distracted. The second key symptom is hyperactivity in general forms. In general, people with ADHD may have difficulty in the following areas:
Children with ADHD
- Sleeping or getting to sleep
- Listening to instructions
- Being unable to sit still
- Being easily distracted
- Behavioural issues
- Being disruptive in school
- Excessive energy
Adults with ADHD
- Being organised
- Time management
- Following instructions
- Focusing on or completing tasks
- Being easily distracted
- Excessive talking or interrupting others
- Relationships and social interaction
Everyone might have difficulty with some of these symptoms from time to time, so if you experience them, it doesn’t necessarily mean you have ADHD. A qualified mental health professional typically diagnoses ADHD after a referral from your GP and a comprehensive evaluation.
How can ADHD affect mental health and well-being?
People with ADHD may also experience stigma and negative attitudes from others, which can further impact their mental health. If you have ADHD, you must receive the support and treatment you need to help manage your symptoms and improve your overall mental health and well-being.
Through different techniques and therapies, including cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT), the counsellors and psychotherapists at Devon Therapy Services can help you learn new coping skills and strategies to manage your symptoms better. And if you’re suffering from any associated mental health issues, their help can improve your overall quality of life without judgement.
If you live in Exeter, Torquay, or any surrounding areas and need help with managing ADHD for yourself or your child, contact the Devon Therapy Services team today.
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