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ADHD

ADHD

Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) is a neurodevelopmental disorder that affects many Australians. It is characterized by symptoms such as inattention, hyperactivity, and impulsivity, which can make it difficult for individuals to focus, organize, and complete tasks. ADHD can impact a person’s academic, social, and professional life, but with appropriate management and support, individuals with ADHD can lead productive and fulfilling lives.

What is ADHD?

ADHD is a common neurodevelopmental disorder that affects both children and adults. According to the Australian Bureau of Statistics, an estimated 304,700 children (around 11%) and 1.2 million adults (around 5.8%) have ADHD in Australia.

ADHD is a complex condition that involves genetic, environmental, and neurological factors.

Adult vs Childhood ADHD

ADHD is a condition that can persist into adulthood, and approximately two-thirds of children with ADHD will continue to experience symptoms into adulthood.

The core features of inattention, hyperactivity, and impulsivity are still present in adult ADHD, impacting an individual’s academic and work performance, social interactions, and relationships.

Main Features of ADHD

The primary features of ADHD include inattention, hyperactivity, and impulsivity.

Inattention can manifest as difficulty focusing, forgetfulness, and distractibility, impacting productivity and performance.

Hyperactivity can involve restlessness, fidgeting, and excessive talking, leading to difficulty with sitting still and being productive.

Impulsivity can lead to rash decisions, interrupting others, and difficulty waiting for one’s turn, impacting social interactions and relationships.

Causes of ADHD

The exact causes of ADHD are unknown, but research suggests that a combination of genetic and environmental factors may contribute to the development of ADHD. Factors can include:

  • a family history of ADHD,
  • exposure to toxins during pregnancy,
  • premature birth, or
  • low birth weight.

Signs and Symptoms of ADHD

The signs and symptoms of ADHD can vary from person to person, but common indicators include:

  • difficulty paying attention,
  • forgetfulness,
  • poor organisation,
  • impulsivity,
  • restlessness, and
  • interrupting others.

 

Symptoms can impact academic and work performance, as well as social interactions and relationships.

Recovery from ADHD

There is no cure for ADHD, but effective management strategies can help individuals with ADHD to lead fulfilling lives.

Treatment can involve medication, therapy, lifestyle changes, and support from loved ones and healthcare professionals.

It is important to seek professional help if you suspect that you or a loved one may have ADHD.

How can HelloDoc help with ADHD?

HelloDoc is the leading telepsychiatry service provider in Australia, providing convenient and confidential online consultations through our telehealth portal.

We have a large team of psychiatrists who are experts in treating ADHD/ADD, and our experienced psychiatrists will assess, diagnose, and provide personalised treatment plans to manage your ADHD symptoms effectively.

Our appointments have the shortest waiting time possible, and you can connect with a psychiatrist from the comfort of your own home or office.

Our dedicated team understands the importance of providing a convenient and confidential way for individuals to receive the care they need to lead a fulfilling life despite their ADHD diagnosis.

Contact us today to start your ADHD management journey.

Main Features
  • Difficulty paying attention.
  • hyperactivity
  • impulsivity
Causes
The exact causes of ADHD are unknown, but there are factors that are thought to contribute:
    • brain injury or infection
    • a lack of oxygen, or exposure to alcohol or nicotine before birth
    • premature birth
    • Difficult experiences in early childhood.
Sign and Symptoms
  • Inattention
  • Hyperactivity
  • Impulsivity
Recovery
Many people who are diagnosed with ADHD in childhood have fewer symptoms as they get older. Other people will have some symptoms for their whole life. With the right approach, chances are you will be able to manage your illness well.
How can we help?
Psychiatrists are the best-placed specialists to diagnose and treat adults with ADHD. We can:
  • make a diagnosis
  • make a diagnosis
  • devise a management plan
  • diagnose and treat any other mental health issues, including depression or alcohol and drug use
  • prescribe medication
  • keep track of any medication side effects and your physical health
  • link you to counseling and mentoring for people with ADHD
At Hellodoc, we have Psychiatrists and Psychologists who can assess, diagnose, and manage ADHD and related conditions. If you and your loved ones need assessment, please contact us after obtaining a referral from your GP. Reference : https://www.yourhealthinmind.org/mental-illnesses-disorders/adhd-in-adults

Telepsychiatry

You will need a referral from your regular GP to access this service.

If you need to access a quicker referral, you may wish to book a telehealth appointment with HelloGP.

Telepsychology

You will need a mental healthcare plan (MHCP) from your GP to access this service for Medicare rebates, unless paying privately.

The information on this website is NOT a substitute for proper diagnosis, treatment or the provision of advice by an appropriate health professional. Please speak to your doctor for advice about your situation. HelloDoc is not liable for any consequences arising from relying on this information.

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