Adult ADHD Services

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An estimated one in 20 New Zealanders have ADHD, yet is poorly understood and frequently remains  un-diagnosed, causing distress in family, work and social situations.


ADHD stands for Attention Deficit Hyperactive Disorder (with ADD being the inattentive sub set diagnosis)

​There are three main subgroups of ADHD, so not everyone with ADHD will present with the same behaviours.

Easily distracted
Always moving
​Acts without thinking
Short attention span
Interrupts people
Day dreams
Accident prone
Makes silly mistakes
Can’t sit still
Blurts out answers / secrets
Often late
​Trouble switching of / sleeping

Predominantly inattentive ADHD: Inattention is the main characteristic. This subtype is more passive than the others, consisting of ‘daydreaming’. Impulsivity and hyperactivity are sometimes present but to a lesser degree.

Predominantly hyperactive/impulsive ADHD: Hyperactive and impulsive behaviours are present. Inattentiveness may be present as well, though generally not as obvious.

Combined ADHD: All three ADHD behaviours – hyperactivity, inattention and impulsivity – are present in fairly equal measures.

Here’s what you need to know:

  • Adults with ADHD often have co current issues such as addictions,trauma, anxiety, depression and relationship issues.Often the ADHD component is over looked and people struggle to find solutions through mental health struggles. By including ADHD in the counselling plan people can find a way through these issues more readily.
  • Each person will vary in the type, number, frequency and severity of their symptoms and to determine the best treatment, a medical and educational assessment is recommended
  • ADHD occurs in all ethnic and socio-economic groups and often runs in families.
    It was originally thought males were more likely to have ADHD than females but it is now believed the gender ratio is actually 1:1. Girls often present inattentive characteristics with puberty being a hormonal trigger and therefore are more likely to be overlooked when young.
  • Medication alone is not the solution as adults have often developed significant self esteem issues,
  • ADHD people are usually energetic, enthusiastic, creative, intuitive, sensitive and highly intelligent. Parents, teachers, youth leaders and others interacting or managing those with ADHD, who can capture and enhance these attributes will make positive impact.
  • Children with ADHD generally do what all children do except those with ADHD are louder, can do it for longer, more often and with greater impact. In addition, acquiring basic skills can take longer as having ADHD impacts the rate of maturity.
    Children often take ADHD with them into adulthood and need to find support structures to help them adapt to their different situations and life stages.

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