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How do I know if I have ADHD?

Andrew Bellingham

Andrew Bellingham

Pharmacist | 20+ Years | BPharm | Dip Clin Pharm

ADHD, or Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, is a common neurodevelopmental condition that affects millions of people in the UK. 

Though certain signs and symptoms may suggest ADHD, it’s important to receive a proper diagnosis for the condition, so that you can begin to receive the treatment you need.

This will likely be a combination of prescribed medication and behavioural therapy, which will give you techniques to control your ADHD symptoms. 

How to know if you have ADHD?

It’s important to understand that even if you exhibit one or multiple of the following symptoms, it does not necessarily mean you are living with ADHD. Various factors can contribute to similar behaviour patterns, and only a diagnosis from a healthcare professional can conclusively point towards ADHD. 

  • Impulsivity: Acting without thought, interrupting, impatience
  • Inattention: Trouble focusing, mistakes, disorganisation
  • Hyperactivity: Restlessness, talkativeness, fidgeting
  • Forgetfulness: Losing items, missing appointments
  • Disorganisation: Poor time management, clutter
  • Lack of follow-through: Starting but not finishing tasks
  • Poor time management: Difficulty estimating time, lateness
  • Emotional dysregulation: Mood swings, frustration
  • Difficulty with transitions: Struggling with change
  • Trouble with prioritisation: Difficulty deciding task importance

How to get diagnosed with ADHD?

Diagnosing ADHD in both children and adults typically involves a comprehensive assessment conducted by healthcare professionals, such as psychiatrists, psychologists, or paediatricians.

The process often begins with a thorough evaluation of the individual’s medical history and symptoms, including input from parents, teachers, or other relevant caregivers for children. 

Various standardised assessments and rating scales are commonly used to gather information about behaviour, attention, and impulsivity.

For further information about how to receive a diagnosis, please visit the official NHS website

Frequently asked questions about ADHD

What is ADHD?

ADHD, or Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, is a neurodevelopmental condition affecting focus, impulse control, and activity levels.

What does ADHD stand for?

ADHD stands for Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, a neurodevelopmental condition that affects focus, impulse control, and activity levels in both children and adults. 

What medication is used for ADHD?

Common ADHD medications include stimulants like Ritalin and Concerta, as well as non-stimulant options. Combining medication with therapy is often most effective.

A child twists in his chair, not paying attention, in a psychologist's office.

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