Coping with the symptoms of ADHD in a sustainable way


Coping with the symptoms of ADHD in a sustainable way

Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) is a condition that can impact an individual’s behavior. Often people with ADHD are diagnosed in childhood, as symptoms can become noticeable when children start school, however, sometimes ADHD is not diagnosed until adulthood. The symptoms of ADHD are often categorised into inattentiveness and hyperactivity/impulsiveness, with people often experiencing symptoms from both categories, however this is not always the case. In adults, symptoms may appear more subtle, but can include organisational difficulties, forgetfulness, lack of attention to detail, difficulty keeping quiet or finding stress difficult to deal with. Perhaps you have been recently diagnosed or have been living with an ADHD diagnosis for a while, and feel like you might benefit from some extra support, which is where we are able to help!

Symptoms of ADHD can sometimes make day-to-day life difficult, so it is important to create an individualised plan that allows us at the London Neurocognitive Clinic help you. We can achieve this through a combination of neuropsychological assessment, where we aim to understand your cognitive strengths and weaknesses, and neurorehabilitation, where we aim to relieve some symptoms and make everyday life easier.

When you attend the London Neurocognitive Clinic, we can conduct an assessment that identifies areas where you perform particularly strongly, compared with areas where you may struggle. The assessment will look at components such as memory, language, and other areas of cognition. For example, individuals with ADHD are often gifted at thinking outside the box, with imaginative and creative ideas. Therefore, conducting the neuropsychological assessment would allow our clinicians to identify these traits and behaviours in the individual undergoing the assessment. Although the assessment is not a test, it can bring up areas where you might be struggling a little more than would be expected, and this is where we are able to bring in a neurorehabilitation plan.

Following a neuropsychological assessment, one of our highly experienced neuropsychologists or neuropsychiatrists will analyse your assessment, and create a comprehensive and bespoke plan for you, based on a variety of evidence-based treatment methods. This could include therapies such as cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT), which may help you to manage thoughts and behaviours more effectively. Understandably, the symptoms of ADHD can be frustrating and lead you to having negative thoughts. CBT helps to reframe these thoughts, making them more positive, which can then help improve some of your symptoms. Therefore, this may help you to cope and live with the condition in a long-term, consistent way.

At the London Neurocognitive Clinic, we strive to understand the challenges that individuals with ADHD may face, and then can build awareness which offers the opportunity to make lifestyle changes to help people. Therefore, don’t hesitate to reach out if you think you might benefit from some extra help or guidance.

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