Conditions and treatments
Children and adults with ADHD will suffer from persistent patterns of inattentiveness, hyperactivity and impulsiveness which interfere with development and functioning. They may also suffer from additional problems with sleeping and anxiety. Children and adults with ADHD may have the inability to recognize other people’s needs and desires.
A large number of children will go through periods where they may be inattentive and restless this is often normal. This doesn’t mean that your child has ADHD.
If you feel that your child’s behaviour may be different to most children their age, please raise your concerns with your GP, your child’s teacher, or the (SENCO) Special Educational Needs Co-ordinator.
Adults and children that suffer from ADHD are categorised into two behavioural categories.
Most adults and children diagnosed with ADHD will fall into both of these categories, but this may not always be so for some cases. Some adults and children may only experience difficulties with inattentiveness. This is known as ADD attention deficit disorder.
The symptoms of children and young adults with ADHD are usually noticeable before the age of six.
Within a child’s life the symptoms of ADHD and ADD may cause significant problems within their school achievements, they may have poor social interaction with others, and they may experience problems with discipline.
With age the symptoms may improve, but adults diagnosed at an early age may still experience problems.
The above list of symptoms can be applied to adults with ADHD. With the pressures of life increasing inattentiveness in adults with ADHD may become worse.
The symptoms of ADHD can be treated using therapy or medication, or a combination of the two. These can help to relieve symptoms and make day to day life easier.
Listed below are the types of medication for the treatment of ADHD:
These medications may help adults & children to focus better to learn new skills, be less spontaneous, and feel more peaceful.
You will be advised by your specialist the period of time that you should take your medication.
Many different types of talking therapies are useful in treating children, young people and adults with ADHD. It can also be effective in treating other issues, such as anxiety and conduct disorders, that may present with ADHD.