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Understanding ADHD: Symptoms, Treatments, and the Value of Private GP Services

ADHD, or Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, is a neurodevelopmental condition that affects millions of individuals worldwide. From children struggling in school to concentrate, to adults feeling overwhelmed by daily tasks, ADHD can significantly impact your everyday life and relationships, especially when left untreated. 

ADHD is characterised by a persistent pattern of inattention, hyperactivity, and impulsivity that interferes with development. While symptoms can vary from person to person common signs of ADHD include:

  • Difficulty paying attention to tasks or activities
  • Restlessness and difficulty staying still
  • Impulsive behaviour and decision-making
  • Forgetfulness and disorganisation
  • Difficulty following instructions or completing tasks

These symptoms can manifest differently depending on age, with children often displaying hyperactivity and impulsivity, while adults may struggle more with inattention and disorganisation. Symptoms also vary across men and women, with women often being misdiagnosed. 

Treatment Options 

  • Stimulant medications such as methylphenidate and amphetamines are often prescribed to help improve attention and focus in individuals with ADHD. Non-stimulant medications like atomoxetine may also be recommended for those who cannot tolerate stimulants or have certain medical conditions.
  • Therapy techniques such as cognitive-behavioural therapy (CBT) and behavioural therapy can help individuals learn coping strategies, improve organisational skills, and manage impulsive behaviour.
  • Making lifestyle adjustments such as establishing routines, breaking tasks into smaller steps, and minimising distractions can also help manage ADHD symptoms.

What we offer

With NHS consultation appointments facing an almost 7-month waiting list, Private Medical Clinic is dedicated to offering you prompt access to the treatment you need with same-day appointments.

We provide private ADHD assessments for both children and adults. At our ADHD clinics in Birmingham and London, our team of expert doctors & psychologists are committed to delivering consultations of the highest standard, conducting thorough ADHD screenings, and devising tailored treatment plans that cater to your individual needs. We recognize the significant impact ADHD can have on your daily life, and it’s our mission to offer the guidance, support, and effective solutions you deserve.

We don’t just stop at diagnoses, we also aim to understand the functional impact of the condition and screen for any co-occurring disorders that may be present. This holistic approach allows us to provide tailored treatment plans that address the full spectrum of your individual needs. 

If diagnosis is confirmed, our team will work closely with you to develop a personalised treatment plan. Our treatment options include Medication Optimisation, shared care with primary care or private GP, psychological support, ADHD coaching and dietary and nutritional guidance. 

We understand that each individual is unique, and our goal is to provide you with the tools and strategies that work best for you.

To conclude, ADHD can present a significant amount of challenges for individuals and their families, but with the right care and treatment, it is possible to manage symptoms and improve quality of day-to-day life. Private GP services play a pivotal role in providing timely access to specialised care, quicker referral times, personalised treatment plans and on-going support for those living with ADHD. By seeking private GP services individuals can be ensured that they are taking proactive steps towards understanding their condition and accessing effective treatment, and ultimately improve their own health and mind. 

To book an ADHD assessment, call the clinic on 020 8050 0379 or book online here.

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