For people with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), completing everyday tasks and leading an ordered life can feel very difficult. It’s important to know that there is support available.
What are the symptoms of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)?
The diagnostic manual identifies three main types of ADHD:
- Inattentive ADHD – a person is easily distracted and has trouble concentrating but isn’t hyperactive or impulsive. In an adult, this may manifest as finding focusing on work extremely difficult, having poor listening skills and procrastinating to an extreme extent.
- Hyperactive/Impulsive ADHD – a person is hyperactive but not inattentive.
While in children this may appear as hyperactivity, in adults this symptom may manifest as extreme restlessness, an inability to relax or being reckless.
- Combined ADHD – a person has symptoms of inattention, hyperactivity and impulsivity.
How many adults are affected?
According to a survey from 2015, around 7% of children in Australia were assessed as having Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). A respected American research body estimates that approximately 60% of children with ADHD carry the condition into adulthood.
That’s just the people who are diagnosed. ADHD is notoriously difficult to pin down, although it can significantly interfere with people’s lives.
What kind of support is available?
If you suspect that you have ADHD and have never been diagnosed, the first step is to see an experienced mental health professional. About 50% of adults with ADHD also suffer from an anxiety disorder. Proper diagnosis relies on a comprehensive clinical evaluation.
There are medications available which can control the symptoms of the disorder.
NDIS-Funded Behavioural Supports
Another route of treatment is behavioural support. This aims to reduce the severity of disordered behaviour in the long-term so that participants can live a more fulfilling life.
Assistance for ADHD is available under the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS). Participants must match the eligibility criteria and the disability must be a severe impediment.
Zest Care is an NDIS-registered provider with an experienced team that can provide behavioural support. Contact us to chat about how we can help you start living the life you want, today.