What to do if the symptoms are present
The characteristics presented are just a guideline. However, if you answered yes to at least eight characteristics listed, for over a period of six months, the chances are the person meets the criteria for further investigation and assessment by a trained professional.
How is it treated?
Effective treatment generally requires a multi-modal approach, which includes the following components:
- Early assessment/diagnosis and formulation of a management strategy
- Behavior Management training
- Special educational support at school
- Medication when appropriate
- Support for families
All of the above may not be necessary. The approach to treatment and management will depend on the severity of the condition, co-existing difficulties (e.g. language disorders, and the age of diagnosis.
Where to go?
As a first step, talk to your General Practitioner and/or teacher.
The General Practitioner may refer you to a specialist service.
INCADDS agrees with international medical experts that ADHD is a very treatable medical condition.
The key is:
- Early diagnosis by a professional with expertise and experience in the area of ADHD.
- Treatment Programmes including Health and Education to cover all aspects of the condition.
- Continuous support for the entire family.