Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)

Expert ADHD assessments and treatment in London

Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is a mental health problem marked by various persistent symptoms, including an inability to pay attention, hyperactivity and impulsive behaviour. Adult ADHD can lead to unstable relationships, poor work or performance, low self-esteem, and other problems. ADHD patients may look irritated, have trouble concentrating, and act on impulsively.

At our London mental health clinic in Chelsea, we offer diagnosis assessments for Adult Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD/ADD) and young people presenting with ADHD.

What treatments are there for attention deficit hyperactivity disorder?

ADHD affects people in different ways. Your treatment will be tailored to your symptoms and diagnosis (if appropriate), as well as your unique requirements. What works for one person might not work for another, and what works for one person may change over time. The following are some of the ADHD treatment options:

  • Treatment through medication
  • Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)
  • Talking therapies
  • Psychotherapeutic group sessions

  • Arts and creative therapies

Learn about our Intensive Treatment Programme for adults at Schoen Clinic Chelsea.

What medication is there to treat ADHD?

The most frequent treatment for Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder, widely known as ADHD, is stimulant medication. Stimulants are an effective approach to manage ADHD symptoms including impulsive behaviour, hyperactivity, and short attention span. They can be used in conjunction with behaviour treatment or on their own.

There are five primary forms of medicine for treating ADHD symptoms. Which one is best for you is determined on the type of ADHD you have and your sensitivity to medication side effects.

These medicines won't cure ADHD, but they can help individuals with it focus better, be less impulsive, feel calmer, and learn and practise new coping strategies.

  • The most often given ADHD medicine is methylphenidate. It works by increasing brain activity, particularly in regions related to attention and behaviour control.
  • Lisdexamfetamine is a medication that stimulates certain parts of the brain. It helps to improves concentration, attentiveness, and reduces impulsive behaviour.
  • Dexamfetamine is similar to Lisdexamfetamine.
  • Atomoxetine acts differently than other ADHD drugs. It helps with focus and impulse control by increasing the quantity of noradrenaline in the brain.
  • Guanfacine can be used to enhance attention and decrease blood pressure.

What can you do to relieve ADHD symptoms?

You can do a lot on your own to improve your ADHD symptoms. Simple steps can assist you in achieving your objectives, such as:

  • Exercise burns calories and releases feel-good hormones like serotonin, which can aid concentration.
  • Meditation or yoga, for example, can help to relieve the symptoms of ADHD, as well as the anxiety and despair that may accompany it.
  • Eating good, wholesome foods on a daily basis. Don't go too long without eating. Avoid junk food since dietary additives, according to some specialists, might aggravate ADHD symptoms.
  • Make an effort to enhance the quality of your sleep. Maintain a regular nighttime schedule, limit caffeine intake, turn off gadgets early, and keep your bedroom dark.

Keep in mind that ADHD does not go away on its own. If your symptoms are severe and disrupting your life, you should get expert care as soon as possible.

ADHD treatment in London at our mental health clinic

Adults suffering from a variety of mental health problems, including depression, anxiety, panic attacks, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD), stress, low mood, emotional trauma, ADHD, low self-esteem, or bipolar disorder can benefit from our specialised Intensive Treatment Programme, which offers a variety of therapeutic treatments.

Art and creative therapy for people with ADHD

Treatments that incorporate the use of arts-based activities such as painting, music, or theatre in a therapeutic environment with the support of a certified practitioner are known as art and creative therapies.

Participating in these activities doesnt require any prior knowledge or skill.

People with ADHD can benefit from art and creative therapy to enhance problem-solving abilities, attention, communication, and other parts of their lives, resulting in decreased impulsivity, distractibility, and anxiety.

What therapies are best for ADHD?

  • Cognitive Behavioural Therapy - One of the most effective treatments for ADHD is Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), which helps you acquire new behavioural patterns and reduces any unhelpful behaviours. Cognitive-behavioral therapy modifies your thought processes in order to help you modify your behaviour.
  • Schema therapy - The fundamental causes of poor behaviour, low self-esteem, and anxiety are addressed in schema therapy. Schema therapy can help you get a deeper understanding of your prior experiences so you can start dealing with them more positively.
  • Psychotherapy - People who get psychotherapy can learn to recognise their anxiety patterns and battle them by reframing their thinking and practising healthy practises.

Aspects of therapy include:

  • Creating activities and experiences that are both positive and enjoyable
  • Changing distorted, mostly pessimistic or negative mental processes
  • Improving interpersonal bonds through practising social skills re-establishing social relationships
  • (Re)establishing social ties
  • Creating problem-solving strategies
  • Physiotherapeutic and sport therapy interventions
  • Mindfulness

Does group therapy help ADHD?

One or two therapists teach people with ADHD about life with the disorder in a group therapy session. Multiple people gather in group therapy to talk about their experiences with ADHD. People with ADHD can benefit from this type of therapy because they can acquire methods and coping skills from other people who have the same problem. By meeting others in similar situations, it can also help to alleviate some of the sense of isolation they may be feeling.

Frequently asked questions

The most common kind of therapy for ADHD is cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT), which is especially well-suited for adults. Behavioral therapy is simply treatment that aids in behaviour modification. Cognitive-behavioral therapy alters your mental processes to help you modify your behaviour.

Cognitive-behavioral therapy can help you perceive things more objectively and positively. You may learn to appreciate and congratulate yourself for the things you accomplish well. CBT designed specifically for people with ADHD can also assist you in learning specialised skills such as time management, organisation, and long-term planning.

Adults with ADHD have a more difficult time finishing high school and continuing their education. They frequently have difficulty holding employment. They're also more likely to suffer from:

Divorce or relationship issues
Substance abuse
Problmes with money
Accidents on the road
Legal issues

People with ADHD are more likely to suffer from anxiety, mood problems, and personality issues.

Behaviour therapy, which helps enhance a child's conduct, self-control, and self-esteem is most beneficial in young children when provided by parents.

  • Encourage healthy sleeping patterns. Sleep is important for all children, but it is especially critical for children with ADHD.

  • Encourage them to participate in more outside activities. Outdoor activities, especially when done in a natural setting surrounded by greenery, can assist youngsters with ADHD improve their focus.

  • Make nutritional adjustments. In addition to sleep, researchers discovered that what young people consume has an impact on their behaviour. Foods containing preservatives and colours might increase hyperactivity to a certain extent.

  • Introduce music to them. Music has more health benefits than you would believe. It is thought to be helpful in assisting youngsters with ADHD in gaining better attention.

  • Enroll them in a behavioural treatment programme. Behavioral therapy is the first line of treatment for many patients of ADHD. This strategy, also known as behavioural modification, entails establishing rules and goals for the child to follow in order to alleviate troublesome behaviours.

  • Make time throughout your day to relax. De-stress and unwind during the period between activities.
  • Surround yourself with people who accept you. Adults with ADHD may believe that individuals around them do not understand them and criticise or condemn their actions. Find new individuals to spend time with if the ones you're with make you feel uncomfortable or inadequate.
  • Schedule daily workout time. Exercise improves concentration and attention, reduces extra energy, and combats depressive symptoms. There are several advantages to incorporating an exercise regimen into your everyday routine.
  • Recognize and accept your limitations. Keep in mind that ADHD is not a made-up condition. An ADHD diagnosis might help you understand why you behave the way you do, but it is not an excuse for unacceptable conduct.
  • Make the most of your own internal clock. If you are a morning person who is more productive first thing in the morning, plan your day such that the most critical tasks are completed first. If you work best in the afternoons, plan your day accordingly.
  • Look for employment that enables you to be flexible with your schedule so that you may maximise your personal productivity.
  • Create your own structure. Build routines, such as a daily schedule, to assist you give your day structure.

  • Discover more about ADHD. The more you understand about your diagnosis, the better equipped you'll be to deal with the everyday challenges. Join support groups, read books, and ask your doctor questions.

Caffeine has been shown in certain tests to help persons with ADHD focus as it mimics the effects of stronger stimulant medications used to treat ADHD. Similarly with energy drinks, it's not generally recommended as a treatment for ADHD as caffeine is less effective than prescription medication.

Living with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder sometimes involves obsessing and overthinking. Medication and CBT therapy can be helpful to modify negative thoughts and emotions.

Dr Tara Tofiq

Dr Tara Tofiq is a Consultant Psychiatrist specialising in anxiety & mood disorders and eating disorders at our London mental health outpatient clinic in Chelsea. She is available for diagnostic assessments of Adult Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD/ADD)