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Frequently asked questions

Is ADHD real?

Yes it is. ADHD is a recognised condition which actually affects around 1 in 20 people of school age in the UK2. There isn't one particular reason why people get ADHD. We still don't really know how ADHD develops, but it seems to be biological.

Can ADHD be cured?

ADHD can respond well to treatment, and the good news is there are a range of treatments available, including therapies that treat behaviour and various medicines. While there is no exact ‘cure’ for ADHD, many people manage their symptoms with the help of treatment, and so that they have little or no disruption to their lives. Once your specialist team has carried out all the tests, they will know the best management and treatment plan for your child.

Will my child have ADHD for life?

Unfortunately, ADHD doesn’t always disappear as affected individuals reach adulthood, but the symptoms often change. Each individual is different, but there are some overall trends:

  • Teenagers with ADHD may be less hyperactive than they were as children, so their ADHD is not so obvious to others
  • Impulsiveness can still be a problem — speaking out of turn, loss of temper, breaking rules
  • Inattention can also remain a problem — being disorganised, forgetful, losing concentration
  • Because of all this, you may find that for your child, the process of becoming an independent adult takes a bit longer than for those who don’t have ADHD

How long will my child need treatment for ADHD?

Everyone is different, and so 'the most effective treatment' programme varies between individuals. The length of time your child will receive treatment cannot be fixed in advance. Treatment may continue for a couple of years and may even continue into adulthood in some cases. Occasionally, your doctor may recommend that your child stops taking medication for a while so that they can see how they get on; this is called a treatment holiday, and your child should only ever do this when a doctor has told them.

 

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