18 October 2013
Paying attention to ADHD
ADHD is a group of behavioural symptoms that includes
inattentiveness, hyperactivity and impulsiveness. The
most common behaviours are continually starting new tasks before
finishing old ones, poor organisational skills, fidgeting or
squirming with your hands or feet when you have to sit down for a
People with ADHD also have problems remembering appointments or
obligations, getting started on tasks that require a lot of
thought, have problems sleeping and say they feel compelled
to do things as if driven by a motor.
It is not surprising that as a result, some people living with
ADHD find it hard to study, find and keep employment,experience
difficulties with relationships and social interactions and have
problems with drugs and crime.
Séamus O'Reilly ADHD Team Manager explains, " When we first see
people referred to us, we meet them for a diagnostic interview to
try to work out whether the symptoms were present in childhood and
to help rule out many of the other possible conditions which
can mimic the disorder.
If ADHD is diagnosed, we may offer prescribed medication and, as
well as reviewing expected effects and side effects of their
medication, we spend time helping the person adjust and understand
and manage their symptoms better.
The ADHD team also run educational groups to help service users
learn from the each other and to explore different coping
Sé adds, "We are also introducing a mentoring system whereby
experienced service users support newly diagnosed users,
encouraging them to use self-help strategies, so they start to feel
they are managing their condition, rather than their condition