People typically associate Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) with children. However, the condition can affect adults, especially if unidentified in childhood, or not adequately treated.
With added pressures of employment amongst other responsibilities in adulthood, it can be incredibly difficult to manage alone.
Fortunately, help is available and there are highly skilled experienced professionals at Orchestrate who can provide support for you at home, in a comfortable familiar space, to help manage symptoms and look forward to a life you want to live, not dictated by ADHD.
ADHD is a mental health condition which is believed to be caused by disruptions of issues in key developmental periods as children, or by a mother using drugs and alcohol while she is pregnant, increasing the risk of cognitive disorders in her unborn child. However, like most mental health conditions, ADHD is likely to be a combination of environmental, biological and psychological factors.
ADHD might not have been diagnosed in childhood, or the symptoms may have altered as the person grows into adulthood; for example in childhood the condition may have been prominently characterised by hyperactivity, in inability to concentrate and a lack of focus. In adulthood, symptoms which indicate towards ADHD may demonstrate impulsive, out of control behaviour and feeling frustrated by a lack of stimulation.
This can cause substantial issues for a person in many different aspects. Namely employment, education as well as relationships with friends, partners and most importantly, themselves.
Whereas some adults find their symptoms of ADHD ease or become more manageable, others will continue to experience serious symptoms of the condition which make it difficult to carry out normal daily tasks, stay in employment or establish and maintain meaningful relationships with others.
The difficulty that symptoms of ADHD can have on a person life can cause loneliness, depression and feelings of hopelessness. Research has found that many people with ADHD have secondary diagnoses of anxiety, depression and stress disorders. So, it is vital that a person suffering with symptoms reaches out and engages with professional help like Orchestrate.
Symptoms of adult ADHD include:
Difficulty focussing on tasks that require prolonged attention
Problems regulating emotions; explosive outbursts of anger can be found as a result of an inability to manage stressful events or feelings
Regularly experiencing mood swings which can change quickly
Issues around planning, time management, organisation and task prioritisation
A combination of high energy and a desire to engage in lots of activities, but difficulty following through with plans
Difficulty completing tasks and meeting deadlines
Because many people only associate ADHD with children, these symptoms can easily be misunderstood as a person being intense, difficult or simply not caring. There can also be much confusion as to whether a person is suffering with the disorder due to the fact that many people will display these symptoms in their adult life transiently.
A doctor will only diagnose ADHD if these symptoms are persistent and long standing; if they have occurred following a particularly stressful event or period in life, it is unlikely the issue is ADHD. However, if a person has experienced the above indicators since childhood and it is impacting on more than one aspect of their life
This is why it is so important to seek help; change is possible.
ADHD has been linked to criminal activity, substance misuse, chronic unemployment and unstable relationships, which can all be understood as reactions to the symptoms listed below. It can be incredibly difficult to manage impulsive feelings, but even more so in the aftermath. This is why it is important to seek help as soon as possible.
Issues around timekeeping, organisation and prioritisation can make attending support appointments particularly challenging for those seeking help. At Orchestrate, we understand that there can be significant barriers in place for people needing treatment but unable to adhere to traditional methods. We aim to overcome these by providing an at home service and offering a range of holistic therapeutic methods to help manage symptoms and to live the life you want to live, free from the constraints of ADHD.
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