18 October 2013

Paying attention to ADHD

ADHD words

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 long time.

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 strategies.

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 managing them." 


 

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