Could you have ADHD?

You’ve probably heard of ADHD (Attention Deficit Disorder) with respect to childhood disorders, but ADHD is prevalent among adults, too – and just as with children, sufferers tend to experience a range of issues that can impact on their everyday lives, from difficulty sitting still to problems with concentration.

Because many of the behavioural and emotional symptoms involved in ADHD can also be associated with other conditions, strict criteria need to be fulfilled before someone is given a diagnosis. In particular, they have to have displayed several of the symptoms persistently before the age of six. However, because the study of ADHD is relatively new, many adults were never diagnosed as children and finally start getting the help they need only when they themselves look for support with the issues that impact on their daily lives.

What does ADHD in adulthood look like?

ADHD in adulthood can be manifested in difficulties with starting and organising tasks, problems with sustaining focus and effort, difficulties with regulating stress and emotion, issues around short term memory, and with self-control and emotional regulation. Needless to say, all of this can contribute to significant problems in one’s daily life, both at home and at work. Adults with ADHD often worry that they are dealing with problems that they should have “grown out of” by now, or that there are not treatments to help them. Many may have experienced periods of their lives when they attempted to “self-medicate” for their problem behaviours with alcohol, illegal drug use, or other damaging factors.

In fact, while most people with ADHD will experience a range of symptoms all their lives, there are actually many potential approaches to treatment.

What sort of treatments are there?

Some sufferers benefit from medication, particularly if a suitable non-stimulant medication can be prescribed. Most, if not all, also benefit from a range of psychotherapeutic approaches, including cognitive-behavioural therapy, behavioural training, relaxation and stress management, and coaching or mentoring designed to help them to manage their symptoms in the various areas of their lives.

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy

CBT may be a good choice for adults with ADHD when:

  • Your preference is not to have drug treatment
  • You aren’t satisfied with drug treatments you’ve tried in the past.
  • You find it difficult to take medication.
  • Your symptoms are mild to moderate rather than severe.
  • You are concerned you may misuse the substance based on a history of substance misuse.


Medication options may be as follows:

  • Methylphenidate. Brand names: Concerta XL, Equasym XL, Medikinet, Medikinet XL and Ritalin.
  • Atomoxetine. Brand name: (strattera, non-stimulant medication).
  • Dexamfetamine. Brand names: dexamfetamine, Elvanse.
  • Lisdexamfetamine.Brand name: Elvanse. This is an inactive form of dexamfetamine that is turns into dexamfetamine in the body after consumption. 

Our psychiatrists can discuss all the ADHD/ADD medication and treatment options with you and help you decide what might be best for you.

If you would like to talk to someone about ADHD, please get in touch with us at the Private Therapy Clinic by telephone at: 020 81507563 or by email to:

Book Online >>

    We now offer a free telephone chat with a Therapist or Psychiatrist of your choice. This practitioner will be able to answer any questions you have and recommend the right treatment and approach for you. The chat will be about 15 minutes. .

    Skype and FaceTime sessions are now seen as being as effective as Face to Face treatment. £20 off all video call sessions (Skype or FaceTime) per session, when you book online below.


4.73 Average

137 Reviews

Very thorough and attentive

I have attended and been seen by Dr Lincht. The service I had was excellent, she was able to give me a quick call back when I requested, when I was still making inquiries and and after the appointment she made herself available to answer my concerns. I would definitely recommend your company to my friends and family. Regards Phumla

I've just started consultation with Vjosa Hyseni and my initial call and subsequent session with her have been quite insightful and helpful. Vjosa has an in depth knowledge of her field as well as very warm and calming persona which really helps when discussing very personal and sensitive issues. A very positive experience all round.

I found my therapy very interesting and informing. It helped me to acknowledge things I hadn't done before. I'm really glad that I went and believe it will help me in the future

Very helpful team, quick to respond and knowledgeable.