Do you suffer from adult ADHD?

By Drum Digital
28 February 2013

When people think of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) they often think of rowdy children who cannot sit still. However research has shown that symptoms of ADHD can linger into adulthood. Over 3% of the South African adult population is likely to have ADHD. The awareness of ADHD in adults is growing in recognition in South Africa.

In general, adults with the condition will not have considered ADHD as an explanation for their problems, which may include poor organisational skills, bad time-keeping and lack of attention. There are however many myths and misunderstandings surrounding adult ADHD. “ADHD can run in families, there is a much higher likelihood that a person with ADHD will have a relative with ADHD too.” says Psychiatrist Dr Frans Korb. Living with undiagnosed and untreated ADHD can seriously affect your relationships, performance at work and even day-to-day activities. It is important to seek help as soon as possible.

The South African Depression and Anxiety Group (SADAG) knows that many people don't realise how serious the effects of ADHD can be – or where to get help and information. For this reason, they will be hosting two live one-hour Facebook Friday chats on Friday 1 March  with SA experts on this topic. Pharmacist Lisa Selwood and SADAG counsellor at 1pm and Sandton Psychiatrist and Board Member, Dr Frans Korb, at 7pm. Those interested can link to the chat by visiting SADAG's Facebook page (The South African Depression and Anxiety Group) or directly from the SADAG website on the day.

- Difficulty Getting Organised - Restlessness, Difficulty Relaxing

- Reckless Driving and Traffic Accident - Difficult Staring& Completing a Task

- Marital Difficulties - Chronic Lateness

- Extreme Distractibility - Angry Outbursts

- Poor Listerning Skills - Prioritising Issues

If you or someone you know has the symptoms of ADHD the first steps would be to speak to a professional to discuss the various options for treating these symptoms. Treatment may include medication, therapy or a combination of both. SADAG has a list of therapists across the country for anyone needing treatment, as well as referrals to support groups, books and articles. If you are unable to join the Facebook Friday chats or feel that you need help more urgently, call the Helpline – 0800 20 50 26 – between 8am and 8pm any day of the week.

To see if you may have adult ADHD click here for a simple questionnaire: here

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