Adult Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) Service
Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is a behavioural disorder that includes symptoms such as inattentiveness, hyperactivity and impulsiveness. These tend to be noticed and diagnosed during childhood.
For adults with possible ADHD, your GP will assess your symptoms and may refer you for an assessment to the Adult ADHD Service if:
- you were not diagnosed with ADHD as a child, but your symptoms began during childhood and have been ongoing since
- your symptoms cannot be explained by a mental health condition
- your symptoms significantly affect your day-to-day life – for example, if you're underachieving at work or find intimate relationships difficult
You may also be referred to a specialist if you had ADHD as a child or young person and your symptoms are now causing moderate or severe functional impairment.
As part of your assessment, the specialist will ask about your present symptoms. However, under current diagnostic guidelines, a diagnosis of ADHD in adults cannot be confirmed unless your symptoms have been present from childhood.
Treatment for attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) can help relieve the symptoms and make the condition much less of a problem in day-to-day life. Treatment usually involves medication or therapy, although a combination of the two is usually best.
Treatment is usually arranged by a specialist, such as a psychiatrist, although the condition may be monitored by your GP.
Once referred to the service by your GP, you will be sent an appointment to attend an assessment clinic. We hold clinics on a Tuesday and patients are seen by appointment only at the Praze Surgery, Camborne.