Sam was at University studying for a degree in Computer Science. He had always struggled with attention and focus difficulties, but through his childhood refused to take medication. This was proving to be a significant problem at University, where there was less of a structured environment than there had been in school. Sam came very close to being asked to leave his course, at which point he sought help.
After being seen by Dr Gracias Sam accepted treatment with medication, along with coaching focussed on attention, concentration and organisation skills.
Sam graduated from his course with a First Class Honours Degree and now works for a well-respected software company.
ADHD in adults
Some childhood difficulties may persist into adulthood. Common issues that we are happy to review include attention and focus issues, emotional problems such as anxiety, stress and mood, relationship difficulties and neuro-developmental conditions.
It used to be assumed that everyone outgrew symptoms of childhood ADHD by the time they entered adulthood. However, it is now known that for some people some features such as problems with attention span, impulsiveness, distractibility and difficulties with decision-making can persist. The resultant problems that are created can make life difficult at a time when young adults are leaving home, going to college and or starting work.
Signs that an adult may have ADHD
- Being easily distracted. This can include finding it difficult to stay focused in meetings or when receiving instructions. There can also be daydreaming to relieve boredom.
- Having problems paying attention to detail, which can give the impression of carelessness or not trying hard.
- Problems with managing time, resulting in lateness for meetings or failing to meet deadlines.
- The appearance of poor memory, resulting in forgotten birthdays or not taking important items with you when you need them.
- A struggle to complete tasks.
- The impression that attention is not being paid when being spoken to.
- Loss of concentration when driving.
- Finding mundane tasks, such as cleaning and shopping, very difficult.
- Feeling driven, as if "on the go".
- Finding it hard to sit still.
- Interrupting others in conversation.
- Finding it hard to wait your turn.
- Driving very fast.
- Disliking slowness in others.
- Feeling an internal sense of restlessness.
We offer a comprehensive, clinical assessment using appropriate diagnostic frameworks, alongside a clinical psychiatric interview that will look at many aspects of a young adult's life.
In addition, we are happy to review diagnoses that were made in childhood with recommendations about appropriate treatments.
All treatment packages will be individually tailored to suit the issues identified at assessment.
The treatment we offer is not solely based on prescribing medication. We also offer coaching and psychosocial interventions to help with common, associated issues such as relationship difficulties, stress management, sleep issues, organisation and time management. We are increasingly offering help with ADHD through the use of dietary change and circadian rhythm realignment.
More information on the non-medication treatments for ADHD
Where it is felt to be necessary to prescribe medication we work in partnership with parents, children, teenagers and teachers to establish the use of a dose that is tailored to fit an individual's needs.
Once the use of medication is established, we work in partnership with GPs to ensure continuity of care along with good health and well-being.
More information on the medication used for ADHD