Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder - ADHD

Adult attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD)

ADHD is a complex mental health disorder and symptoms can differ from person-to-person. It is usually diagnosed in early childhood but can also affect adults later in life.

ADHD in adults

ADHD is usually recognised during childhood, however this is not always the case. Sometimes people may only become aware of a problem in adulthood, possibly when their child is diagnosed, or relatives or friends recognise symptoms and bring it to their attention.

Adult ADHD describes the behaviours displayed by some adults who are extremely restless, energetic, impatient and easily distracted.

Short attention spans make it diffi­cult for those with ADHD to concentrate properly on work or life at home. Adults with the disorder will find it di­fficult to manage time and struggle sleeping, which can have a negative impact on everyday life.

3% of adults are affected by the mental health condition ADHD

While the exact cause of ADHD is unknown, research has suggested that people with the disorder have differences in parts of their brain which deal with impulse and focus. There is also strong evidence to suggest there may be a genetic element or that symptoms can be due to a poor diet.

Symptoms of adult ADHD

ADHD can have a big impact on various aspects of an individual’s life. Common problems include finding it difficult to stay in work and can negatively affect a individual’s personal relationships.

Other symptoms include:

  • Easily distracted causing frequent mistakes
  • Excessive talking
  • Struggling to hold attention
  • Tendency to interrupt
  • Having difficulty listening
  • Losing things
  • Restlessness
  • Forgetfulness
  • Inability to stay organised

Treatment of adult ADHD

Priory employs and works with worldwide leading mental health professionals and our proven record of helping people get their lives back on track is unrivalled.

All of our experts deal with the treatment of mental health conditions but each patient will be assessed on an individual basis to agree which form of treatment would be the most effective. Every patient’s needs will vary and therefore so will the type of professional needed to support them.

Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) is recommended alongside medication, to help manage the symptoms of ADHD better. Psychological therapy usually involves one to two sessions each week for about six to eight weeks.

Causes of ADHD

While there isn’t a definitive cause of ADHD, there are some contributory factors such as:

  • Hereditary – if a family member such as parents or siblings have ADHD, then you are more likely to inherit ADHD
  • If your mother smoked or consumed alcohol during pregnancy – these factors can influence how the brain develops, especially in the early stages of pregnancy
  • Brain/head injury – a child suffering a serious head or brain injury can increase the likeliness of being diagnosed with ADHD.

Adult ADHD outpatient package

Priory also provides a tailored 1:1 outpatient therapy package for this condition. Our packages offer certainty of price for a set amount of 1:1 therapy sessions, including discounted rates. The amount of sessions we recommend within each package is based on national guidelines.

For further details on how Priory can provide you with further assistance regarding Adult attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), please call 0800 840 3219. For professionals looking to make a referral, please click here

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Because every individual is unique, we have a bespoke approach to helping people through their most difficult times, offering mental health assessments, individual, group and family therapies. Not all will be appropriate or necessary and collaborative tailored treatment options will be explored.

First, we assess and understand the particular needs of a person and then recommend an appropriate course of treatment, underpinned by clinical specifications based on the latest research and guidance.