It can be hard to spot ADHD

ADHD rarely travels by itself. The American Centers for Disease Control and Prevention highlights this explaining that behaviour problems, anxiety and depression, increased risk taking, peer difficulties, autism, and specific learning difficulties (such as dyslexia, dyscalculia and dysgraphia) often co-occur. The environment can also play a part, either bringing ADHD related difficulties to the foreground – think of an adult who has organisational difficulties who starts a new job as a PA; or by complimenting a trait – think of a hyperactive youngster playing sport. So, over time, and with changing environments, ADHD and the co-occurring conditions can look like a symphony and cause confusion in identifying what is it that is going on. One month a person may present as more anxious and withdrawn, and the next gregarious and socially active. In many cases ‘both/and’ rather than ‘either/or’ is relevant. It may help to write down the difficulties and strengths and the environments in which they do and do not occur.

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