Adult Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) Treatment

ADHD is a behavioural disorder that includes symptoms such as inattentiveness, hyperactivity and impulsiveness. They tend to be noticed at an early age and may become more noticeable when a child's circumstances change, such as when they start school. Most cases are diagnosed when children are 6 to 12 years old.

There are currently five different diagnoses under ADHD in the DSM-5. These are:

  • Combined presentation

  • Predominantly inattentive presentation

  • Predominantly hyperactive/impulsive presentation

  • Other Specified Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder

  • Unspecified Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder

Dr Khaled Helmy is our consultant psychiatrist specialized in ADHD with many years of experience using combined clinical and electronic assessment tools, including a computerised test (T.O.V.A.).

The symptoms of ADHD usually improve with age, but many adults who were diagnosed with the condition at a young age continue to experience problems. ADHD patients may also have additional problems, such as sleep and anxiety disorders.
 

For an adult to be diagnosed with ADHD, the symptoms should also have a moderate effect on different areas of life, such as:

  • Underachieving at work or in education

  • Driving dangerously

  • Difficulty making or keeping friends

  • Difficulty in relationships with partners

If your problems are recent and did not occur regularly in the past, you're not considered to have ADHD. This is because it's currently thought that ADHD cannot develop for the first time in adults.

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