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ADHD Post-Diagnosis Support – Expert Therapy London

Have an ADHD diagnosis, and unsure how to manage? 

It can be a great relief to receive a diagnosis of ADHD or ADD as an adult. Having understood your challenges for so long, you can finally move forward. Despite this, you still have to navigate your life and issues. Support and coaching for adults with ADHD can help.

What is ADHD?

A neurodevelopmental disorder that affects behavior and concentration is attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD).

The behavior of children and adolescents with ADHD is often characterized by unusual restlessness, impulsivity, and distraction. It is possible for them to act or speak without thinking, to have difficulty organizing themselves, to have difficulty focusing, or to appear to be constantly on the move. Occasionally, people with ADHD do not exhibit hyperactivity; this condition used to be known as attention deficit disorder (ADD), although the term is no longer used officially.

It should be noted that ADHD is not a mental illness or a learning disability, although children and young people with ADHD may also suffer from other conditions or mental health issues.

A child or young person with ADHD as well as their parents or caregivers can find living with ADHD very challenging. A child’s learning ability, life skills, and relationships can all be significantly improved with the appropriate diagnosis, treatment, and support. Additionally, there are several things that you can do as a parent or caregiver to assist your child in managing difficult situations.

What to do if you think your child might have ADHD

Discuss your concerns with your child’s doctor if your child frequently experiences any of these symptoms. Consult your child’s teacher and the school’s special educational needs coordinator (SENCO) before making any changes.

In order to diagnose ADHD, a specialist such as a child and adolescent psychiatrist or pediatrician will need to examine your child.

It is not uncommon for parents to be reluctant to pursue assessment. They may be concerned about ‘labelling’ their child or stigmatizing them, or they may prefer to wait and see. It is normal to experience these feelings. The good news is that parents and young people who seek diagnosis can find that it helps them access the right support, understand and manage challenges, and identify their own strengths.

There is more information in our guide about getting support from the GP, CAMHS, or school.

ADHD diagnosis, support and treatment

Symptoms affecting daily life are most commonly diagnosed in childhood, and in most cases, they persist into adulthood(ii).

ADHD cannot be diagnosed with a single, definitive test. Clinical diagnosis is based on a combination of observations of your child; discussions and questionnaires with you and your child; and information from your child’s school.

During the evaluation, your doctor will consider how long the symptoms have been present, whether they are impacting your child’s daily life, and whether they may be caused by another condition. Most children with ADHD have at least one other condition,(iii) (such as autistic spectrum disorders, dyslexia, dyspraxia, anxiety or behavior problems), and your child may be diagnosed with more than one condition.

What is ADHD coaching? 

Coaches help you reach your potential through a partnership between you and a trained professional. The coaching process focuses on what you can do now to create the future you desire instead of dwelling on the past.

ADHD coaching helps you overcome attention deficit hyperactivity disorder and move forward in life. By understanding how ADHD or ADD affects things, and by giving you practical tools to deal with them, you will be able to cope better. 

What can an ADHD coach help with?

A coaching session is skill-based, which means you learn new ways of thinking and being. Getting help from an ADHD coach can benefit you in the following ways:

  • The achievement of goals and the completion of tasks
  • Organizing yourself better
  • Impatience is an emotional difficulty that needs to be managed
  • Having the right focus and focusing on the right things 
  • Overspending and other impulsive behaviors can be controlled
  • Self-esteem is growing
  • Putting the most important things first
  • Getting rid of procrastination
  • Improved relationship management.

Find out how we can help you

Are you ready to take control of your life, feel confident, and thrive despite ADHD? Make a confidential appointment with our ADHD Coach, or with one of our ADHD support therapists in London.

Why does ADHD support matter?

When you are diagnosed as an adult with attention issues, it means that you have been struggling with them since you were a child. Adult ADHD often comes with co-occurring mental health issues, such as anxiety, depression, and low self-esteem.

Along the way, you will have developed your own coping mechanisms, like pushing people away when overwhelmed, or sabotaging careers and hobbies you really enjoy. Negative coping methods can lead to money problems, relationship problems, and a life in which you never reach your full potential.

Our symptoms can be eased with medication, and we can feel less lonely with support groups and online forums. When it comes to overcoming our negative coping patterns, they can only go so far. 

The benefits of ADHD coaching 

The treatment of ADHD with therapy and coaching, on the other hand, can make a big difference. Coaching for ADHD offers you the following benefits:

  • It’s a place where you can be yourself without judgement 
  • You can use these tools to troubleshoot all aspects of your life
  • The gifts ADHD has given you, and how to grow them
  • The support you need to create a life and relationships you enjoy. 

Further reading about ADHD and ADD in adults 

Adult ADHD support groups and online forums